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NEWS | May 22, 2024

Langley VA Clinic established at JBLE

By Marcus Bullock 633d Air Base Wing Public Affairs

The 633d Medical Group collaborated with the Hampton Veterans Affairs Healthcare System (VAHCS) to establish a new Langley VA Clinic with a ribbon cutting ceremony at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, May 20, 2024.

The initiative aligns with the forward planning strategies of the Defense Health Agency (DHA) and the Veteran Health Administration (VHA) designed to address the needs of the growing veteran population in the region, considering the increasing demand for primary and mental health care services.

“We are excited to partner with the VA and provide them additional capacity to deliver care to our Tidewater Veterans,’ said U.S. Air Force Col. Nathan Kellett, 633d Medical Group commander. “This is a great first step as we explore opportunities to increase federal resource sharing that will enhance our medical readiness and create improved access to vital care for our nation’s heroes.”

This clinic is designed to serve up to 10,000 Veteran patients and will provide Veterans with outpatient primary care services, including annual check-ups and screenings, chronic and acute illness management, mental health assistance, nutrition counseling, women's health care, and lab tests.

"This partnership exemplifies our commitment to utilizing existing federal resources to rapidly meet the health care needs of our Veterans," said Dr. Taquisa K. Simmons, Executive Director of Hampton VAHCS. "By collaborating with the 633D Medical Group, we are not only expanding our services, but also ensuring our Veterans receive the comprehensive care they deserve."

The care being provided by the 633d MDG extends beyond the walls of their facility to the 633d Dental Squadron, allocating four rooms within the dental clinic to provide VA dental services.

“This Department of Defense-Department of Veteran Affairs partnership is a demonstration of our shared commitment to the continuum of care and a seamless network of care for our service members and their families,” said Dr. Lester Martinez- López, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. “Our goal is better collaboration and innovation with our VA partners to ensure the highest standard of care for our patients, while also expanding opportunities for military medical professionals to treat cases and enhance their readiness. Ultimately, it’s about our patients and maximizing our resources to ensure a comprehensive, consistent system of care throughout their time in service and after.”

This partnership is one of many taking place across the country, aimed at providing veterans the healthcare resources they need. These partnerships demonstrate a shared commitment to the continuum of care that stretches from the first day of service through life after leaving the force.