The Department of Veteran Affairs celebrated its fifth year anniversary with a flag raising at its facility on Wayah Street on August 21.
The Franklin VA Clinic hosted the event which saw veterans and other members of the public gather for the celebration that was topped off with foods inside the clinic and a flag raising ceremony in front of the building.
For years veterans had to travel to Asheville's VA clinic until the Community Based Outpatient Clinic was opened here in 2008. The clinic is estimated to serve about 3,500 veterans from the six westernmost counties of North Carolina. Patients from neighboring states can use the facility as well.
Retired Brigadier General of the United States Army, F.P. “Bodie” Bodenheimer, gave the keynote address to those in attendance. Bodenheimer was instrumental in getting the clinic established and also donated the building that houses the clinic.
“The care that the veterans get at the VA clinic here in town is wonderful,” said Daylon Plemmons who serves as director of the Macon County Veterans Services. “For years they've had to travel to Asheville and now they can be treated locally. It's good, personal care and we're very thankful to have the clinic.”
Photos by Travis Tallent