V.A. in Leeds cuts ribbon on Community Living Center for Veterans

Rehabilitating veterans have a new place to call home

LEEDS, Mass. (WWLP) – Rehabilitating Veterans have a new place to call home. The Community Living Center, or CLC at the V.A. Medical Center in Leeds is a brand new place for veterans to get medical care, both short and long-term.

With Veteran’s Day just hours away, Veterans from WWII, Vietnam and Korea already occupy the second floor rooms of the new Veteran’s Community Living Center at the V.A. Medical Center in Leeds. The new space, upgrades and technology make it possible to give a dignified home to those who’ve served our country and are rehabilitating or in hospice care.

“They give you a bath or a shower. Whatever it is they’ll do it. They take care of us good here,” said patient and Vietnam War Veteran William Teczar.

Patients can decorate their rooms, and even have pets. “This is their home and we are their family and they are our family so we just want to give them the best, and this is it,” said nurse Denise Couture.

That includes a special visit and dessert on their birthday. “We adopt them on their birthday with a cake. Some have pudding, some have a cake. They love us and we love them,” explained John Kingsley, the state chairman of Apopt-A-Vet.

“The medical field is always changing and it’s good to see the V.A. is changing with the medical field by increasing technology and making things better. Even though our patients are getting older. The new facilities and technology keep them young,” remarked nurse Justin Edington.

The new center is equipped with spacious rooms, a whirlpool tub, a place for physical therapy, and a family kitchen.

Thursday’s ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by Congressman Jim McGovern and Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz.