Virginia Beach, VA – Today Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia Beach has been selected to build a new Veterans Care Center. The center was born from the collaboration from members of the military veteran’s caucus of the Virginia General Assembly, Governor McAuliffe and Secretary John Harvey, and the Virginia Beach City Council.
Majority Leader Kirk Cox, Delegate Chris Stolle, and Delegate Ron Villanueva were Chief Co-Patrons of the funding bill for the veteran’s care center (HB 1275) that spurred the Virginia Beach City Council to make available a site in the Princess Anne Medical and Biosciences area of Virginia Beach.
The new veterans care center will be 120 beds at $46m investment with future expansion and is similar to the one recently announced in Northern Virginia. The veterans care center will provide services to treat Alzheimer’s, dementia and other chronic illnesses. The Veterans Care Center to be located in Virginia Beach along the bio-medical corridor located in the Princess Anne area will give our veterans close access to labs, physical therapy, and other health care facilities.
The center will result in bringing new jobs in Hampton Roads and will provide greater quality health care and services to our veterans. Virginia is home to the largest concentration of veterans in the United States and makes up about 10 percent of the population.
“We have finally made this happen and we are excited about this transformation that will better serve veterans in the future. In addition, as Chairman of the Virginia Biosciences and Technology Caucus, this center can also help the growth of new industries devoted to our veterans including dealing with physical ailments and mental health issues. As Chief Co-patron I worked with Majority Leader Kirk Cox and Delegate Stolle to get this effort off the ground and worked with local elected officials to help expedite this effort in Virginia Beach. Great things happen when we work together,” said Delegate Ron Villanueva.
“How fitting it is have a world class facility to care for our heroes that deserve world class treatments. I am thankful for the partnership that the Governor, the members of the General Assembly, and the City of Virginia Beach to have provided to make this a reality,” said Mayor Will Sessoms.
Delegate Villanueva has been a leader in veteran’s issues during his time in office and is veteran of the United States Coast Guard Reserves. Ron is also Chairman of the Virginia Bioscience and Technology Caucus. Since 2010, Ron has served in the House of Delegates 21st House District representing parts of Virginia Beach and Chesapeake.