For Immediate Release: August 26, 2016
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Brian Coy, (804) 225-4260, Brian.Coy@governor.virginia.gov | Department of Veterans Services: Tina Parlett-Calhoun, (804) 840-0713, Tina.Parlett-Calhoun@dvs.virginia.gov
Governor McAuliffe Announces Site for New Veterans Care Center
~120-bed facility to be built in Princess Anne area of Virginia Beach~
VIRGINIA BEACH – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that a site in Virginia Beach has been selected for a planned 120-bed Hampton Roads veterans care center. The new veterans care center will be a state-of-the-art facility providing skilled nursing care, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, as well as short-term rehabilitative care. The center will serve the Hampton Roads region, home to more than 200,000 veterans.
“Virginia has the fastest growing population of veterans in the nation, and we have an obligation to give back to those who served our country,” said Governor McAuliffe, speaking at the announcement. “This state-of-the-art care center will provide health services to the largest concentration of veterans in the Commonwealth. Whether we are functionally ending veteran homelessness, creating new career pathways, or expanding post-service medical treatment, Virginia will continue to be on the forefront of veteran services for our brave military personnel and their families.
The new veterans care center will be built in the Princess Anne section of Virginia Beach on a 24-acre site next to the planned extension of Nimmo Parkway. The land for the site was donated by the City of Virginia Beach at no cost to the state. The 120-bed facility will feature all private rooms that will be organized into households and neighborhoods that surround a central community center.
“The new veterans care center will deliver top-quality care to Virginia veterans in a home-like setting,” stated John C. Harvey, Jr., Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs. “The construction of this state-of-the-art facility demonstrates Virginia’s continued dedication to providing excellent services to our veterans and their families.”
“The City of Virginia Beach is excited to have been chosen as the site of the new veterans care center,” Mayor Will Sessoms of Virginia Beach said. “Our veterans are a critical part of this community, and this veterans care center will offer many veterans the care they have earned.”
Planning for a new veterans care center in Hampton Roads and an identical center in Northern Virginia began in earnest during the 2015 General Assembly session with legislation patroned by Delegates Kirk Cox, Chris Stolle, Gordon Helsel, and Ron Villanueva, and Senators Toddy Puller and Louise Lucas. Full funding for the two projects, estimated at $96 million, was provided for in 2016 legislation patroned by Delegates Cox, Stolle, Rich Anderson and Jackson Miller. The 2015 and 2016 bills were unanimously approved by the General Assembly.
“I want to thank Governor McAuliffe, Secretary Harvey, Mayor Sessoms, and the entire Virginia General Assembly for their steadfast commitment to our veterans and their care centers,” added Delegate Stolle. “This is a great day for the Hampton Roads region and for Virginia’s veterans.”
The Virginia Beach veterans care center will be the Commonwealth’s fourth veterans care center, joining the Virginia Veterans Care Center in Roanoke, which opened in 1992, the Sitter & Barfoot Veterans Care Center in Richmond, which opened in 2008, and the Puller Veterans Care Center, to be built in Fauquier County. Construction of the new Virginia Beach and Fauquier County veterans care centers is slated to begin in late 2017 and be completed in late 2019.
About the Virginia Department of Veterans Services
The Virginia Department of Veterans Services (VDVS) operates 26 benefit services offices that assist veterans and their family members in filing claims for federal veterans benefits; two veterans care centers offering skilled nursing, Alzheimer’s/dementia, and short-term rehabilitative care for veterans, and three veterans cemeteries that provide an honored final resting place for veterans and their families. VDVS provides veterans and family members with direct linkages to needed services, including behavioral health care, housing, employment, education, and other programs. The Department operates the Virginia War Memorial, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s monument to honor the memory of Virginia’s men and women who demonstrated a willingness to serve and fight to defend our way of life from World War II to the present.