Jon Tester

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. senator for Montana has announced plans to build a larger veterans affairs clinic in Missoula.

The Missoulian reported that Democratic Sen. Jon Tester announced Tuesday a location was chosen for a new community-based outpatient clinic.

Officials say the clinic will be three times larger than the current clinic, which serves more than 6,000 veterans. It will have expanded primary care, mental health and specialty services.

Tester says the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act that passed in 2017 set aside about $7 million in federal funding for the project.

The clinic is expected to open in 2022. The current clinic will continue to serve patients until the new clinic opens.

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This story has been corrected to show the Missoula clinic serves more than 6,000 veterans.

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Information from: Missoulian, http://www.missoulian.com

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