The head of the Veterans Administration was in Omaha on Thursday along with Nebraska’s delegation to talk about stepped up efforts to build a new state-of-the-art VA Hospital near 42nd and Center St. Secretary Robert McDonald was on hand with Senator Deb Fischer, Congressmen Brad Ashford and Jeff Fortenberry and former Senator and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to announce a new public – private partnership to get the facility built.
Secretary McDonald says, “Recently Congressman Ashford and Senator Fischer have introduced legislation that would enable the V-A to establish a pilot program here in Omaha to accept donations of real property for the department. Through those donations we would be able to build this medical center.”
The federal government would contribute $56-million toward the project with the rest coming from donations. An amount hasn’t been given but that falls around the $80-million mark. Secretary McDonald says toured the facility in Omaha and says like many others across the country it is old and needs to be replaced. The few facility would be built near the current location at 42nd and Center Street. The new building would include larger surgical suites, private rooms and services for female veterans.