A report by the Veterans Administration shows they do not have the resources to build a new Medical Center. Nebraska 2nd District Congressman Brad Ashford says he is tired of false promises and says our facilities are third or fourth class. He says due to budget restraints a replacement center is not likely until the late 2020’s.
According to the VA report’s Strategic Capital Investment Planning cycle for fiscal year 2016, a replacement for the Omaha facility is ranked #10. There is a current backlog of approved construction projects totaling $9-billion. Congressman Ashford says the only option now is to consider alternative options of securing short, mid and long term space to provide quality health care.
Congressman Ashford says, “The idea is to create a center of excellence that utilizes the assets we have here and the budget of $56-million to leverage into new facilities and to give veterans the ability to access health care through a certificate program where they could use existing facilities and give veterans choices. They deserve the very best.”
The Veterans Administration is going out to the community and to veteran groups and talking with them through the summer. Congressman Ashford says at that time the VA will decide which direction to go.