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Gov. McAuliffe Announces Site for New Veterans Care Center

Gov. McAuliffe Announces Site for New Veterans Care Center

Governor Terry McAuliffe has announced that a site in Fauquier County has been selected for a planned 120-bed veterans care center. The 120-bed facility will feature all private rooms that will be organized into households and neighborhoods that surround a central community center.

In a press release, Gov. McAuliffe stated, “The new veterans care center will be a state-of-the-art facility providing skilled nursing care, Alzheimer’s/dementia care, and short term rehabilitative care.  The Northern Virginia region is home to over 200,000 veterans, the second largest concentration in the Commonwealth, and we owe it to them, and their families, to build this new facility.”

Construction of the new veterans care center is planned to start in late 2017 and be completed in late 2019.

Planning for the new Northern Virginia Veterans Care Center, and a similar center in the Hampton Roads region, began in earnest during the 2015 General Assembly session with legislation patroned by Delegates Kirk Cox and Rich Anderson and Senators Toddy Puller and Bryce Reeves.  Full funding for the two projects, estimated at $96 million, was provided for in the budget, again patroned by Delegate Kirk Cox and approved unanimously by the 2016 General Assembly.

The Northern Virginia Veterans Care Center will be the Commonwealth’s third veterans care center, joining the Virginia Veterans Care Center in Roanoke, which opened in 1992, and the Sitter & Barfoot Veterans Care Center in Richmond, which opened in 2008.  Sites are currently being evaluated for the state’s fourth veterans care center, which will be located in the Hampton Roads region.  A site is expected to be announced in July, with construction paralleling the Northern Virginia center.

Click here for the full press release from the governor’s office.