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New VA Clinic in Wausau Expands with More Space and Services | New

In 2015, Todd Harelstad came to Wausau to work with Veterans Affairs. After barely settling in, big news came.

Wausau was getting a new VA clinic.

Now, five years later, the new clinic has opened its doors to serve veterans. The clinic officially opened on May 16.

On Wednesday, the clinic held a ribbon cutting to celebrate.

“We are excited to share all of our new services with our veterans,” Harelstad said.

Harelstad was a member of the Marine Corps for five and a half years, so he knows how much that means to the veteran community.

“I am a veteran myself and enjoy serving those I have served with,” Harelstad said.

The new facility is about four times larger than the previous one and sits on the site of a former Shopko.

The new clinic is one of three VA clinics in Wisconsin to be located in former retail stores.

Harelstad says large parking lots and easy locations are perfect for VA clinics.

“I am very happy with this location; it’s easy to come and go from highway 29, very easy to find,” said Harelstad.

Physiotherapy, dental and chiropractic care are among the health services offered. The new site also adds optometry and audiology.

Harelstad is excited to serve fellow veterans in new ways.

“I think it’s important that we are able to provide care locally,” Harelstad said. “I also think it’s important that we can add the specialist services that we have been. It allows veterans to not have to travel nearly as far as they have in the past.”

The previous clinic had about 4,500 repeat patients and the VA expects that number to continue to grow.