A Veterans Administration (VA) clinic was first proposed in 1992 to improve the quality of health care for veterans of the Tenth District. Upon arriving in Congress in 2005, Patrick McHenry built bipartisan support to cut the bureaucratic red tape that had stalled the project for years. The Congressman brought the Secretary of Veterans Affairs into his office to make the case for expediting a VA clinic in Hickory, NC.
The Hickory CBOC moved to a larger facility (23,000 Sq. Ft..) on Tate Blvd in June of 2010. The Clinic serves 8,200 veterans with 57 full-time staff. The staff includes nine providers in primary care, nine providers in mental health, two providers for eye care. two providers in audiology, one provider for home-based primary care, and features an on-site lab.
Since the opening of the Hickory CBOC, a new outpatient clinic opened in Rutherford County; and the Charlotte VA Clinic was moved to a newly built mega- facility on University East Drive in Charlotte.
Congressman McHenry was recognized by the North Carolina Chapters of the American Legion and Marine Corps League for his work in getting the VA clinic opened.
Patrick McHenry helped pass the modernized and more generous GI Bill. The new GI Bill provides qualified veterans with the equivalent of four years of college education at a state university. Congressman McHenry supported a provision in the bill that allows benefits to be transferable to spouses and children.