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Menendez, Booker tout upgrade of Brick VA facility


TEANECK, N.J. (AP) — A Veterans Administration outpatient clinic at the New Jersey shore could receive a major upgrade if a compromise proposal in Congress becomes law.

New Jersey Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker touted the proposal during a news conference on Friday, the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.

The compromise legislation would create 26 new facilities around the country, including the James J. Howard Community Clinic in Brick.

Menendez’s office says the clinic would be upgraded and expanded significantly if the legislation goes through.

Both senators said New Jersey’s veterans, like veterans across the country, often have to drive hours to the nearest VA facility to get health care. Menendez said some southern New Jersey veterans are forced to drive to Delaware.