After Leading Congressional Efforts, O'Halleran Announces Secured Funding to Build Flagstaff Veterans Home
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) announced federal funding to begin construction of the long-awaited proposed veterans home in Flagstaff. Awardees, including an additional project for a veterans home in Yuma, were notified by the Department of Veterans Affairs last week.
“Veterans in rural Arizona scored an important victory with this news,” said Rep. O’Halleran. “For too long, rural construction projects have been unfairly penalized by an outdated VA funding formula that left too many families without the help they deserve. I have pushed for this funding since coming to Congress, and I will work to ensure the VA is accountable for swiftly moving this crucial project forward. The hard work of many local stakeholders and community leaders, including veterans advocates, has helped get us to this point. I look forward to continuing the critical mission of ensuring every veteran has access to quality, affordable care near home.”
The VA is expected to officially announce awardees, including Flagstaff and Yuma, this week. The funding, included as part of the recently-passed bipartisan spending bill, will go to build the 80-bed facility that will serve northern Arizona veterans and their families.
Last year, O’Halleran introduced the Fairness for Rural Veterans Act, which would require the VA to revise the existing project funding formula to allow those in rural communities to compete for higher priority placement on the construction list.