WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07) applauded the Department of Veterans Affairs for recognizing the need for a dedicated Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Gwinnett County. The announcement came in the VA’s Recommendations to the Asset and Infrastructure Review Commission report, which defined a robust plan to revitalize veterans’ health care in the Atlanta Metro area, which includes rebuilding the Atlanta VA Medical Center.
Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux said, “For years, veterans in Gwinnett County and the greater Atlanta area have complained about their inability to access basic care from the VA. From long wait times to sitting in traffic while driving to downtown Atlanta, veterans in Gwinnett and Forsyth have long needed their own VA medical facility right here in their community.
“While this recommendation is the first step in the process, I am encouraged to see VA recognize the needs of Gwinnett’s veterans. I will continue to advocate for our servicemembers, veterans, and their families, and ensure each of them is able to access the benefits they need.”
Background: A new report by the Department of Veterans Affairs is recommending that a new VA Medical Facility be opened in Gwinnett County.
In the report, VA recommends constructing a new VA Medical Center with Community Living Centers (CLC) and outpatient services in Gwinnett County, Georgia. This new facility will allow for the:
- relocation of primary care, outpatient mental health care, and outpatient specialty care from the existing the Gwinnett Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC),
- a portion of outpatient surgical services from the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC),
- and a portion of Community Living Centers services from the Dublin VAMC.
- The new VAMC will also expand CLC services within the Atlanta submarket.
Enrollees in Gwinnett County are projected to increase by 9.2% from 15,261 to 16,667 between FY 2019 and FY 2029. As of FY 2019, there were 32,327 enrollees within a 30-minute drive time and 124,988 enrollees within a 60-minute drive time of the proposed location of the new Gwinnett County VAMC.
The proposed Gwinnett County VAMC will expand access to Veterans for CLC, primary care, outpatient mental health care, outpatient specialty care, outpatient surgical care, and urgent care services.
Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux lives with her family in Suwanee, Georgia, and represents Georgia’s 7th Congressional District in the 117th Congress. Carolyn is a strong advocate for affordable health care, and economic recovery that puts workers and small businesses first, and investing in her district’s world-class public education system and transportation infrastructure.
Georgia’s fast-changing 7th Congressional District includes portions of the northeast Atlanta metropolitan area, including portions of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties and cities Peachtree Corners, Berkeley Lake, Sugar Hill, Norcross, Cumming, Lawrenceville, Duluth, Snellville, Lilburn, Suwanee, Grayson, and Buford.