19 Feb 2004

American Samoa to get clinic for its thousands of military veterans

4:40 pm on 19 February 2004

A United States Government commission says that a community-based outpatient clinic is urgently needed in American Samoa to look after the thousands of veterans living in the territory.

Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin told the Capital Asset Realignment for Enhanced Services Commission last year, that veterans should not have to travel to Hawaii for medical check-ups and other services.

There are more than five thousand veterans living in Pago Pago and over a thousand are enrolled in a veterans health care programme.

In its final report to the US Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the commission recommended that an outpatient clinic be set up in Pago Pago as a matter of urgency.