Governor McAuliffe has signed legislation for
state funding of two new veterans care centers. Their locations have been announced as
Vent Hill, in Fauquier County, and in the Princess
Anne section of Virginia Beach. The Department
of Veterans Services has reported that
their plans remain on track for ground breaking
at both sites this fall with an anticipated opening
for both centers in fall 2019.
Since the original announcement there have
been several updates. The Governor had previously
announced the naming for the Vent Hill
center as the Puller Veteran Care Center, which
is named for the famous Marine from Virginia,
Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller.
Recently, the Governor announced the name of
the Virginia Beach center as the Jones and Cabacoy
Veterans Care Center. It is named for
Colonel William A. Jones, III who was born in
Norfolk, Va. He graduated from West Point
in1945 and then transferred to the newly
formed U.S. Air Force. He served in the Vietnam
War with distinction and received the
Medal of Honor for his actions to rescue a
downed air crewman in 1968. He died in an airplane
accident near Woodbridge, Va. in 1969.
The second name comes from Army Staff Sergeant
Christopher F. Cabacoy who was a Virginia
Beach native. He graduated from Tallwood
High School in 1997 and joined the U.S. Army in
2000. He served 10 years with distinction in the
U.S. Army, assigned to the 1st Squadron, 71st
Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 10th Mountain Division based at Ft. Drum,
N.Y. He died on July 5, 2010 when insurgents in
Kandahar attacked his vehicle with a homemade
Both of these centers will be constructed in a
newly approved design that provides 128 private
rooms in each facility. The rooms are organized
into households and neighborhoods that surround
a central community center. Provision will be
available for in-patient skilled nursing, Alzheimer’s
and memory care, and short-term rehabilitative
care for Virginia veterans.
Veterans Corner is submitted by Bart Barton, State VP
for Veteran Affairs and the State AFA Representative
to the Joint Leadership Council (JLC) of Veteran Service
Organizations. Virginia State AFA was the primary
JLC sponsor for the completion of these Centers. For
questions about the JLC or to make input, contact Bart
Barton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Governor Terry McAuliffe's vision is to make Virginia the most veteran-friendly state in the nation. The Department of Veterans Services (DVS) is the state agency that is dedicated and committed to providing timely and needed support to the more than 781,000 veterans who call the Commonwealth of Virginia home.
DVS provides a broad range of services to Virginia's veterans and their families -- from assisting with the benefits claims process, to assisting transitioning service members find a path to employability, to facilitating the attainment of educational benefits, to ensuring veterans have access to health care and behavioral health care to providing long-term care for our aging veteran population. In FY14, the Department of Veterans Services:
- Filed 23,241 disability compensation claims on behalf of Virginia veterans and families, directly enabling the recoupment of $2.3 billion in federal compensation and disability payments to our veterans in FFY13.
- Delivered 5,606 discrete supportive services to veterans and their families through the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program.
- Approved 1,122 educational program offerings for the G.I. Bill program, thus expanding educational opportunities for veterans using their G.I. Bill benefits. Virginia veterans received more than $872 million in G.I. Bill benefits in FY13.
- Facilitated the employment of 3,225 Virginia veterans through the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Program.
- Provided 130,670 patient days of care at the Sitter and Barfoot Veterans Care Center in Richmond and the Virginia Veterans Care Center in Roanoke.
- Performed 1,464 burials at Virginia's three state veterans cemeteries.
- Honored Virginia's fallen by hosting 65,692 visitors at the Virginia War Memorial, a new single-year record.