Veterans to gain 120-bed facility in Virginia Beach

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(Courtesy City of Virginia Beach)
(Courtesy City of Virginia Beach)

A new 120-bed facility for veterans is coming to Virginia Beach, Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Friday.

The Virginia Beach Veterans Care Center will be built on a 24-acre site at West Neck Road and the planned extension of Nimmo Parkway, according to a release from the office of City Manager Dave Hansen. Construction is slated to begin in late 2017, with completion targeted for late 2019. The center will have private rooms, organized around a community center. Treatment and health services available for veterans will include comprehensive care, an on-site laboratory, X-rays, physical therapy and podiatry. Skilled nursing care, Alzeihmer’s care, dementia care and short-term rehabilitative care will also be offered, the governor said.

“The Hampton Roads region is home to more than 200,000 veterans, the largest concentration in the commonwealth, and we owe it to them and their families to build this new facility,” Gov. McAuliffe said in a release.

The City’s veterans’ center will be the fourth in the state. The Virginia Veterans Care Center opened in Roanoke in 1992. Richmond has had the Sitter & Barfoot Veterans Care Center since 2008. The Puller Veterans Care Center is slated to be built in Fauquier County, the release said.

The combined cost of the planned facilities in Northern Virginia and Virginia Beach is estimated at $96 million, according to the release. Funding was provided by the General Assembly in 2016 legislation.

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