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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, questioned the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald this week about the five-year wait time once construction at Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) is approved. The two CBOCs in Kansas affected by this extended wait-time are located in Johnson County, Kan., and Junction City, Kan. The secretary’s comments about timing stand in contrast to the VA’s Fact Sheet regarding major facility leases that states, “VA’s process for prospectus-level leases is approximately 52-66 months, or approximately 5 years overall.” 

Sen. Moran also questioned the secretary about the potential for a Public-Private Partnership to renovate or construct new medical capabilities at the Dwight D. Eisenhower VA Medical Center in Leavenworth, Kan.