The Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) announced this week that they're looking to open two new VA clinics in Killeen and Copperas Cove.

The number of veterans calling western Bell County home continues to increase, and the CTVHCS sees that as an opportunity to provide more convenient locations for primary care in the Killeen and Copperas Cove areas. Over 37,000 Veterans currently registered with the VA live in the area.

To address that growth, CTVHCS will open solicitation bids Monday, July 22 for a contractor to provide primary care services at each location for up to 7,200 Veterans. Both locations are planned to be operated and staffed as a contracted community-based outpatient clinic (CBOC).

“As Central Texas’ Veterans population continues to grow, additional resources are necessary to ensure Veterans are receiving the best health care," said U.S. Representative John Carter. "I’ve heard from countless veteran constituents that having a clinic in Killeen will reduce their travel time and make it easier to see a doctor for primary care needs I’m excited to see this project come to fruition, I think it will be a convenient, accessible option for care for western Bell County veterans.”

“Our Veterans have sacrificed so much for our great country and they deserve to be taken care of now that they are home,” said Representative Roger Williams. “Over the last few months, Judge Carter and I have worked with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie and his team at the VA to make these additional clinics a reality. I am proud that the efforts of many have paid off and that Veterans in the Killeen and Copperas Cove area will now have more convenient and accessible options for their health care services."

“We look forward to working closely with our community partners, extending primary care services into communities closer to where our Veterans live,” said Michael Kiefer, Director and CEO of CTVHCS. “Judge Carter and Representative Williams have been staunch supporters of our health care system, as we continue to look for ways to provide expanded services and easier access to care for our Veterans.”