An analysis commissioned by legislation backed by Mark Warner recommends the construction of new VA medical centers in Newport News, Norfolk and Roanoke.
The analysis, published in a new report with recommendations to realign and modernize the VA health care system nationwide, also calls for moving some services to more modern and better located facilities for veterans, and for establish new community outpatient clinics in places like Bedford, Mechanicsville, Petersburg and Chesterfield.
The Asset and Infrastructure Review Report includes findings from a multi-year national review that assesses a number of factors in the VA healthcare system, including quality of facilities and geographic distribution relative to population veterans.
“For years, I have insisted that Virginia veterans have access to the quality and timely health care they have earned during their years of service to our country,” said Senator Warner ( D-VA). I am delighted to see the Department of Veterans Affairs releasing these critical recommendations as a preliminary yet significant step in meeting its obligations under the VA MISSION Act of 2018 – legislation I was proud to support. I look forward to engaging with veterans and communities around Virginia to ensure that these recommendations would live up to their stated goal of effectively meeting the future health care demands of our growing population of veterans here in the Commonwealth.
These recommendations aim to increase VA capacity and expand access to a variety of services as needed, including primary care, residential rehabilitation treatment programs, community living centers, outpatient mental health and outpatient surgical and specialist services.
Over the next year, the bipartisan AIR Committee, appointed by the President and approved by Congress, will consider these recommendations. During this time, stakeholders, veterans and community members will have the opportunity to assess the report and submit their comments to the commission, which will hold public hearings, tour VA facilities, meet VA employees and partners and will listen to veterans. to assess the recommendations before submitting them, with necessary modifications, to President Biden.
If the president ultimately approves the final recommendations, Congress will have 45 days to reject or accept the entire list of recommendations.