The announcement of the primary care facility at Lyster from last week came with a promise to maintain the services in Dothan.
Wednesday, the Veterans Alliance celebrated what seems to be the best of both worlds.
Al Smith, with the Wiregrass Veterans Alliance said, "It was clearly the right thing to do, and we're proud, satisfied and happy."
There weren't many options for veterans in the Wiregrass, if you needed primary care.
It was to be performed in Montgomery, complete with the two hour drive to get there and the return commute home.
With the announcement of the primary care facility on Fort Rucker that time was cut in half. But what would happen to the Dothan Clinic and the convenience it provides.
Wendell Stepp, another member of the Wiregrass Veterans Alliance said, "I find it difficult.”
So the Wiregrass Veterans Alliance went to work with the VA to make sure that care would still be available in Dothan. That's just what happened as now veterans in the Wiregrass have the option to go to Dothan to get prescriptions filled, and when the need for primary care arises, Fort Rucker will be available.
The current contract is held by C.R. Associates, but it reaches its end in March of next year.
Stepp says, "These people running this clinic, they're the finest we've ever had.”
As of now, the plan is for the building at Lyster to open up at the start of next year. Until then, the busses that take veterans to Montgomery from Dothan will still be active.
Those who will use the primary care clinic at Fort Rucker will be issued an identification card to make the post more accessible.