by Mindy Aguon
Guam - On the heels of various concerns from veterans about the lack of staffing at the new veterans affairs clinic in Agana Heights, island veterans will get a chance to express their concerns directly next week. KUAM News has confirmed that Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is scheduled to make a visit to the island next week where he will meet with veterans affairs officials and attend a dedication ceremony for the Veterans Outreach Center.
Minority Leader Senator Frank Blas, Jr. is helping facilitate the secretary's visit, telling KUAM News, "The secretary's office has actually contacted my office and me to assist them in being able to coordinate this visit because they had difficult time getting a hold of administration officials."
Veterans have expressed concerns that the new facility is too small for their needs. Veterans Affairs Administrator John Unpingco has already written letters to U.S. senators asking that a portion of the current Naval Hospital be used for a veterans clinic and shelter for homeless veterans.
The dedication ceremony is scheduled for next Tuesday, May 24.