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After years of waiting, the new veterans outpatient clinic is set to open in Deltona next month.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has announced the medical-care center will open at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 15, in Suites 41-47 of the Deltona Plaza, 1200 Deltona Blvd.

Mayor John Masiarczyk was pleased to learn of the opening.

“I’m looking forward to it, and all the vets are asking for it,” Masiarczyk, a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War, told The Beacon.

Masiarczyk said Deltona officials may arrange a ceremony marking the establishment of the clinic in their city.

“We’re excited about the long-overdue improvements in the veterans health care system,” Volusia County Veterans Services Director Jeff Bumb replied, when asked about the VA clinic’s pending opening in Deltona. “The West Volusia veteran population will be much better served, and it will be on par with Daytona [Beach’s VA clinic].”

The new clinic will replace the one now in operation at 2583 S. Volusia Ave. in Orange City. The Orange City center will close permanently at noon Friday, May 11, to begin moving equipment and furniture to the bigger facility.

The Deltona Veterans Affairs clinic will serve approximately 4,500 former armed-forces personnel within 10,000 square feet of renovated space in the shopping center. The clinic staff will number 29 personnel, including five primary-care providers, and the Deltona facility will offer more services to veterans.

Unlike the Orange CIty facility, the Deltona clinic will provide ample parking space for its patrons.

The opening of the Deltona VA outpatient clinic comes almost four years after former U.S. Rep. John Mica, R-Winter Park, announced the Orange City clinic would be expanded or moved to larger quarters. The federal agency studied the West Volusia area to determine the ideal site for convenience and accessibility to the largest number of eligible veterans, and the Deltona site was announced in February 2017.

The Orange City VA clinic opened in 2009, having been relocated from Sanford.

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