The American Legion Post 573 in Harker Heights hosted some major players on Monday for a big announcement for area veterans.

The Department of Veterans Affairs opened solicitation bids for a contractor to open medical clinics in Killeen and Copperas Cove to initially serve up to 7,200 veterans at each location, with the ability to grow to accommodate more veterans as needed, said Michael Kiefer, the new director of the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System.

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