Veterans healthcare

Senator Ernst visits a Veterans Health Care Clinic and answers questions about the Uvalde shooting

MASON CITY, Iowa (KTTC) — Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) made four stops Tuesday, the last of which was at a new community ambulatory care facility in Mason City.

“We want to make sure veterans get high-quality care, and we want to make sure employees have a great place to work, too,” Ernst said.

The hope is that this new facility can provide many service members with the health care they need in central Iowa.

“First stop for all of our veterans to provide as many services as possible, in person or through virtual modalities,” said Dr. Ethel Condon, chief of primary care and specialty medicine in central Iowa.

The center will have many purposes for veterans in the area, from pharmacy needs to primary care. There will also be telehealth services.

“This allows many of our veterans to receive care, whether at home or in a facility,” Ernst said.

“It’s harder for veterans to access health care in rural Iowa than in a much more urban state, so it allows us to really bring the services to our rural veterans,” Condon said.

Ernst also answered questions about the Uvalde school shooting a week after the tragedy. She remains committed to defending the 2nd Amendment and mentioned that the US Senate has appointed a bipartisan committee to deal with the issue.

“We want to make sure we’re getting to the root cause of the issues and getting to the real problem,” Ernst said. “I’m a strong supporter of our 2nd Amendment, and whenever that right is taken away from an individual, we need to make sure it’s done through due process.”

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