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Department Funds Two New North Carolina Veterans Facilities
WASHINGTON -- The Department of Veterans Affairs has approved $24.2 million in grants for new North Carolina state Veterans homes in Kinston and Swannanoa, with funds coming from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
“Our federal-state partnership will provide comfortable and safe housing for North Carolina’s Veterans in a caring community,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.
The grants will cover 65 percent of the total costs for both 100-bed facilities. In Swannanoa, VA has approved a $13.5 million grant with Recovery Act funds for the new Veterans home. In Kinston, VA’s grant using Recovery Act funds totals $10.7 million.
VA has targeted $1.4 billion in Recovery Act funds to a wide range of issues affecting Veterans, from improvements in state cemeteries and the installation of energy-saving infrastructure in VA medical centers to the hiring of extra staff to process Veterans’ claims for VA benefits.
Last year, VA spent more nearly $3.4 billion on behalf of the North Carolina’s 770,000 Veterans. VA operates major medical centers in Asheville, Durham, Fayetteville and Salisbury, plus 11 outpatient clinics, five VetCenters and four national cemeteries.
For more information about state benefits for Veterans, contact the North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs at www.doa.state.nc.us/vets.