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VA Northern Indiana this week marked the opening of a new facility in Fort Wayne focused on the health of women veterans. Our partners at WTPA-TV report the expansion will provide a variety of benefits, including pain management and access to mental health professionals.

Building 8 on the Fort Wayne VA Medical Center campus is designed to improve access to services such as chiropractic care and massage therapy, as well as access to complex procedures.

Dr. Grace Stringfellow, chief of staff at VA Northern Indiana, told reporters women veterans are the fastest growing veteran population to utilize VA services in the region.

“They have special needs, and we want to accommodate [those needs] in a safe and secure place that they enjoy coming to, and we can take care of all of their health needs in one place,” Stringfellow said. “This swing space gives us that opportunity. They have their own waiting area. They have their own areas for special exams, and it’s a very exciting opportunity.”

The VA did not specify how much it invested in the new facility.

The Fort Wayne VA Medical Center is one of seven locations under the purview of VA Northern Indiana. The others are located in Marion, South Bend, Goshen, Muncie, Peru and Mishawaka.

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