Nearly seven years after opening, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is recommending the closure of the community-based outpatient clinic (CBOC) for veterans along Cottage Street and relocating services to a new multi-specialty clinic in St. Johnsbury. Coupled with the recommended closure of the veterans’ clinic in Conway, the North Country of New Hampshire would be without any CBOC if the plan goes through. Also in the 60-page “VA Recommendations to the Asset and Infrastructure Review Commission” issued this month is a proposal to close the veterans’ clinic in Newport, Vt., and direct patients to a new CBOC in St. Johnsbury. The stated reason for the closures is to maintain access and increase future system sustainability. If the recommendations are adopted, the Littleton and Newport closures wouldn’t occur right away. The commission has a deadline of Jan. 31, 2023, to issue its final recommendations to the White House.