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Senator Velis Lauds Efforts to Keep Leeds VA Facility Open

WESTFIELD —State Sen. the Senate chairman of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs, on Tuesday praised efforts to ensure that the Leeds VA Medical facility in Northampton will remain open.  

“Yesterday a bi-partisan group of U.S. Senators blocked the proposed closures of the Leeds VA Medical Facility in Northampton and other VA facilities across the Country,” he said. “From the very start, so many of us have stood steadfast against this irresponsible proposal to close Leeds. Veterans and advocates rallied, they spoke out, and they showed how critical it is for our region that this facility remains open. The powers that be heard loud and clear from us that this would have had a disastrous effect if they went forward, and I am glad that they listened.

“I am grateful to all who have to fought to ensure that the 24,000 veterans the facility serves each year will continue get to the care they need and have earned in service to our nation.”