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VA PROGRAMS TO BENEFIT FROM PRESIDENT'S ECONOMIC STIMULUS PACKAGE

 WASHINGTON, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is announcing that the administration's economic stimulus package includes a $235 million supplemental appropriation request that will result in an infusion of funds for maintenance and construction projects for VA's medical and cemetery systems.
 VA Secretary Jesse Brown said, "These funds will not only benefit the nation's veterans by improving patient care facilities and making improvements to our cemeteries, but also will help boost the economy."
 At present, VA has identified approximately 1,300 projects at 156 hospitals and six cemeteries across the country for potential funding through the president's initiative. This list will be prioritized, and funds will be provided for the most immediate construction priorities. These projects will be scattered throughout the country and would generate an estimated 4,700 jobs.
 For the medical system, projects would include repairs to interior finishes, roofs, roads, parking lots, utility systems, high- tech equipment installations and other exterior repairs. These funds also would provide for hospital bed conversions and modernizing patient treatment areas, wards and other patient support facilities. Projects for incinerator pollution control, hazardous waste, energy conservation and asbestos removal could be expedited.
 For the National Cemetery System, the supplemental appropriation would fund projects to repair and improve roads, buildings, water supply systems and perimeter walls, as well as projects to prepare future burial acreage.
 VA operates a network of medical centers and outpatient clinics throughout the nation, providing treatment to some 2.6 million individual veterans annually. VA's National Cemetery System is composed of 114 cemeteries in 38 states and Puerto Rico.
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 /CONTACT: Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Public Affairs, 202-535-8300/


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