A new VA outpatient clinic is scheduled to open somewhere in southern Minnesota late next year or early in 2014. The VA’s goal is to have a primary care physician and mental health services within 60 miles of military veterans. Many communities are reportedly being considered for the new location, including Austin, Albert Lea, Owatonna and Faribault. A demographic survey will help the VA determine which area has the most underserved veterans. The VA will then contract with a non-profit medical provider on the new outpatient clinic.