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Published April 07, 2010, 10:25 AM

VA clinic in Dickinson ending service

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) - About 800 military veterans in southwest North Dakota could be without a Veterans Affairs clinic in Dickinson after the end of the month.

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) - About 800 military veterans in southwest North Dakota could be without a Veterans Affairs clinic in Dickinson after the end of the month.

Great Plains Clinic's contract with Veterans Affairs expires May 1. Clinic Administrator Mark Grove says the clinic chose not to bid on a new contract because of disagreements with VA over quality of care issues. He says the decision had nothing to do with money.

Disabled American Veterans spokesman Greg Remus says veterans in need of care can be reassigned to another VA clinic in the state or request authorization from the VA to receive care from a private provider.

Remus says those are temporary solutions until the issue of a permanent VA clinic in the area is settled. Leslie Ross, veteran service officer for Stark and Dunn counties, says she has been in contact with Sen. Byron Dorgan's office about the matter.

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