Donnelly visits local VA Outpatient Clinic

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly visited the Goshen VA Outpatient Clinic Friday, Aug. 30.
Posted on Aug. 30, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Aug. 30, 2013 at 6:49 p.m.

GOSHEN — During a visit to the Goshen VA Outpatient Clinic Friday, Aug. 30, U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly said he and other Congress members are talking with the White House about a potential response to the Syrian government’s alleged use of chemical weapons.

Donnelly took a tour of the Goshen facility, thanking workers for their help in caring for veterans.

The clinic, located at 2014 Lincolnway East, opened in 2008 and provides care to veterans in the area.

“It is a great facility, it has been from the start,” Donnelly said. “I was honored to be here when we started this place and it has gone to full capacity so quickly.

“The veterans love the people here, and the people here love the veterans.”

Aside from the advanced care they provide, the staff has become almost a second family for local veterans, Donnelly said.

“The veterans who come know the people who work here by name, and you can see the amount of care and dedication in every single person who works here,” he said.

Donnelly addressed questions about the country’s position on its response to Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons.

“It’s an extraordinarily serious situation,” he said a few hours after Secretary of State John Kerry delivered remarks on the U.S. intelligence’s assessment of the Aug. 21 incident in Syria.

“It’s clear that the Syrian government has killed over 1,400 of its own citizens with chemical weapons — the most heinous, awful thing you can do to your people — and so we are looking at potential responses,” he said.

Backing Kerry’s remarks, Donnelly said he does not expect any American service men and woman to be on the ground in Syria, but instead to work with other countries in providing a response.

“All the nations in the world have taken a pledge to stand together against the use of chemical weapons — the most painful, dangerous awful weapons that are in existence, along with the nuclear weapons.”

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