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The former Veterans Administration Medical Center in Miles City is closing.

Getting VA services in Miles City and the southeast region of Montana will not be ending with the closure.

While the building is closing, two former tenants used by Montana veterans will be relocating.

The VA Outpatient Clinic and Community Living Center are moving, along with other tenants, including the Miles City Police Department, the Miles City Soup Kitchen and the Custer County Food Bank.

It is the final stage of a closure process which started more than two decades ago when the VA announced plans to close the building

Just over 80 miles from Baker, the medical center had been the closest VA location in Montana for Fallon County veterans.

According to a spokesman for Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), the closure process began because the building was no longer suited for meeting the medical needs of Montana veterans.

While the VA building is being closed and transferred to Custer County ownership, the VA will be relocating to a better location, according to a spokeswoman for Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT).

The community living center will be moved in the fall, with the outpatient clinic scheduled to move out in 2021.

The Custer County Commissioners negotiated a contract with the VA and started the process by signing a letter of intent in January 2019.

The VA complex covers more than 14 acres in addition to the four-story brick building.

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