Not many issues can bring democrats and republicans together. But when it comes to saving the Lafayette Community-Based Outpatient Clinic, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) and Congressman Charles Boustany (R) have put forth the Keep Our Commitment Veterans Act to keep the doors open while providing a new clinic in Lake Charles.

Charles Boustany

The current lease on the Lafayette VA clinic is set to expire on November 13th. "The VA's ability to continue operating at the facility is time limited," says Boustany. "Veterans deserve a long-term solution."

In Lake Charles, this article points out that an estimated 6,000 veterans would use the new health care facility and services. "With demand increasing and existing resources strained, our veterans face delays, overcrowding and longer traveling distances when seeking care...I encourage leaders in the House and Senate to honor the promises our nation has made to the brave veterans of South Louisiana.”

United States Senator Mary Landrieu, (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)

Landrieu says the legislation will authorize these clinics. "The method of authorizing leases should not stand in the way of our veterans receiving the high-quality health care they deserve after sacrificing to protect our nation," says Landrieu. "I thank Congressman Boustany for his leadership on this issue and for working with me to introduce this critical legislation for veterans in Louisiana."