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Courtney Welcomes New Lease Award for Expanded New London Veterans Health Clinic New lease will keep CBOC in New London, and will grow facility to nearly three times its current size

May 5, 2020
Press Release

NORWICH, CT – Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) released the following statement today after receiving confirmation that the New London VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) has officially been granted a new lease award that will keep them in New London, and will allow them to grow their presence in order to better serve the community. Courtney received word today from Al Montoya, CEO and Medical Center Director of the New London VA CBOC, who confirmed that after continued advocacy from Rep. Courtney, the New London CBOC has been awarded a new lease for approximately 15,648 square feet at 6 Shaws Cove, New London, CT – a substantial increase in size from their current facilities.

“Securing this new lease award for a larger facility has been a painstaking process to say the least, but today’s announcement of a new site with almost three times the space of the existing clinic is a huge milestone for improved veteran services in southeastern Connecticut – the region with the highest density of men and women veterans in the state,” said Congressman Courtney. “At veteran town halls and Second District veteran advisory meetings, patients have expressed frustration about the tight quarters at the present location. The Connecticut VA Health Center took up this request four years ago, and conducted analysis of patient censuses, veterans’ censuses, and made several site visits to see firsthand how the patient volume had outgrown its space. The Government Services Administration then had a neutral bidding process that resulted in the final award.

“Director Montoya followed up on this effort and Manny Meneses, my Veterans Caseworker (US Navy, Ret.), has stayed in close contact to make sure that the final award wasn’t unduly delayed by the Coronavirus outbreak that has disrupted some federal government operations. Today’s announcement is great news for the men and women from eastern Connecticut that wore the uniform of this country, and who have earned the right to receive high quality health care for service-connected injuries and maladies. My staff and I will stay on it to make sure that the CBOC is able to transition over to their new, larger facilities as seamlessly as possible.” 

“First, we’re very happy for our local veterans,” said New London Mayor Mike Passero. “The new lease award means they’re going to have a better facility, and it keeps the CBOC centrally located in New London, which makes it easier to access for our veteran community. We’re pleased to retain this service for our veterans right here in New London, and to have an important building in our city have the lease.”