VA spending almost $600 million on new construction to improve veteran care

Jonathan Kaupanger
October 05, 2018 - 4:36 pm

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Veterans Affairs just awarded several new leases to improve access to care for veterans. In total, the agency is spending $596,690,834 to improve care in 13 key areas of the U.S.

“These awards are the next step in increasing access for our Veterans across the country,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “VA stands firm in ensuring our Veterans are treated in state-of-the-art facilities and continue to access the high quality of care VA is able to provide.”

The majority of the money is going to open more Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs). The agency is focused on expanding the network of CBOCs to include more rural locations. Services at CBOCs vary, however, primary care and mental health services are generally provided at all CBOCS.

These clinics have enhanced mental health services and screen for depression, problem drinking, traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress (PTS) and military sexual trauma (MST).

New CBOCs are planned in:

  • Chattanooga, TN at 6401 Shallowford Rd.
  • Lincoln, NE at 600 South 70th St.
  • Lubbock, TX at the northeast corner of Fourth St. and Knoxville Ave.
  • Myrtle Beach, SC at the northwest corner of Howard Ave. and Airpark Dr.
  • New Port Richey, FL at 7932 Little Road
  • Phoenix, AZ at 32nd St and East Van Buren St.
  • Ponce, Puerto Rico at State Road PR-14 Km. 3.7, Manchuelo Abajo Ward
  • Redding CA at 3455 Knighton Rd
  • San Antonio, TX at the east corner of Rogers Road and Texas Highway 151
  • Tulsa, OK at 8965 S. Mingo Rd.

Helping veterans in Charleston, South Carolina, a new 75,000 square foot primary care site is going in on the corner of Rivers Ave. and Hanahan Road. Currently, veterans have a 22 day wait for their first primary care appointment at the Ralph H. Johnson VAMC.  

Rounding out the new facilities is a planned Research and Development site in Houston, Texas and a new building in Bakersfield, California. The agency has not stated the reason for the Bakersfield facility. 

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