Clinic consultation

New VA clinic at KCK opens for service

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (KCTV) — East Kansas Veterans Affairs opened their new doors at their new clinic in Kansas City, Kansas, outside of the Legends shopping area.

This outpatient clinic offers primary care, mental health services, as well as physiotherapy, chiropractic and telehealth services.

VA Eastern Kansas Rudy Klopfer said it’s not the same size as other buildings in eastern Kansas, it’s about 5,000 square feet, but it’s the services inside the building that will change the life of veterans.

“What’s happening in this building and I will say other buildings because we have a big telehealth presence here, is healing and can be healing and soothing,” he said.

They held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday to commemorate the new building at 9201 Parallel Parkway, just east of the Legends Shopping Area, KCK Speedway and Sporting KC Park. It was originally at 21 North 12th Street at KCK.

Klopfer said: “Although this building may not be there one day, we can grow and go somewhere else, right now it is a memorial to our veterans who can receive the care you need every day. .”

The new clinic will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will offer a lab, pharmacy teleconsultation, virtual care options, behavioral health services, physiotherapy and chiropractic care. The physio and chiropractic room is currently under construction, but they say it should open in August.

Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) said he is making sure Washington DC leaders continue to help veterans get the help they need in the Kansas-Missouri area.

“Our efforts now are to ensure that the promises made are kept,” he said.

Moran and Klopfer agree that veterans are taking advantage of these services in other places, but there are many others who are not. They want to make sure veterans know they can come to this new outpatient clinic for any care they may need.

“At a time when veterans are committing suicide at astronomical rates, we need to make sure we have the care and professionals and, most importantly, a community of love and care that surrounds our veterans,” he said. Moran said. “Especially when they return home from active duty and into the arena of being a veteran.”

They also unveiled a Braille flag monument to honor the thousands of blind veterans who served to see their flag in a different way.

Paul Mimms of the National Blinded Veterans Association said he wanted to honor those who lost their sight in battle or when they returned home. He thinks it can also be a lesson for young blind people who may have never seen what the country’s flag looks like.

“This is our flag, this is our country, this is what we veterans left behind. Our comfortable homes and our country, just to serve under this flag,” he said.