San Joaquin, Stanislaus In VA Hospital Tug-Of-War

"We're ready to go here, it will create 900 jobs in our region so that is a terrific boost," McNerney said Friday during a rally in San Joaquin County.

McNerney is urging the veterans administration to build a new 200-bed nursing home and expanded Veterans Affairs clinic on the same site as San Joaquin General Hospital just outside Stockton, thus saving many veterans a long drive to Palo Alto for hospital services.

San Joaquin County already has an outpatient clinic offering primary care and sees about 6,000 veterans a year.

However, Stanislaus County is also competing to have the facilities located in Modesto.

"Although we do have a lot of very passionate veterans in the Stockton area, we have equally passionate veterans in the Modesto area," Kerri Childress from the Department of Veteran's Affairs said.

San Joaquin County is helping to bring the Veterans Affairs facilities by proposing to lease the land, anywhere from 7 to 20 acres, for $1 a year.

The veterans administration does say that existing facilities in Stockton and Modesto will double in size before the new facilities are built.

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