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The newly built VA clinic has veterans like David Hicks, looking forward to more than just primary health care services.

"I come here for all my medical. I have Agent Orange right now. It's killing the nerves in my legs and my arms. And I've got one of the best VA doctors I've ever had right here in Galesburg," said Hicks.

3,700 veterans like Hicks come to the clinic. The old one was getting too small, and with an increase in the number of veterans in need of health services, it left the VA with no choice but to build and expand.

"We had two previous locations, we out grew both of those which lead us to where we are today which was a design from the ground up building which met our needs," said Barry Sharp, Director of VA Iowa City Health Care System.

Needs for new services like physical therapy and x-rays. Some veterans had to drive almost two-hours to Iowa City for them, but now they don't have to.

The clinic expects to expand even more in the future. Due to the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and aging veterans from other wars, that growth is expected to continue. The VA says it expects to treat another 1,300 vets, to a total of 5,000 served in Galesburg within the next year.