Sens. Udall, Bennet Announce Almost $11 Million for Colorado Veterans Facilities through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
Funds will help provide state-of-the-art care for veterans, make needed repairs to Colorado's VA facilities, improve energy efficiency, and create jobs
Today U.S. Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet announced that Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities in Colorado will benefit from nearly $11 million in grants and funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The money will be used to renovate the VA's extended-care nursing home in Walsenburg and for construction and repairs at VA facilities in Denver and Grand Junction. Projects will also increase energy efficiency in some buildings. Both Udall and Bennet were part of a moderate group of Senators who helped negotiate the ARRA, which was signed by President Obama on February 17. Udall and Bennet supported VA funding in the Recovery Act.
"Not only will this funding help improve facilities and care for Colorado veterans, it will create and sustain jobs and improve energy efficiency in some of our buildings - and that's what the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was all about," Senator Udall said. "Veterans risked their lives for our freedom, and they have earned health care and benefits that match their sacrifice. That's why I worked to make sure this funding was included in the Recovery Act. This funding is a terrific win for our veterans and for our economy."
"Colorado's veterans have made enormous sacrifices for our country and, in return, we should make sure they have the high-quality facilities and health care that are worthy of their service. These funds will not only go towards improving Colorado's veterans' facilities but will also help to create much-needed jobs," Senator Bennet said.
In addition to funding improvements to VA facilities, the Recovery Act funding will help hire and train temporary claims processors and pursue needed information technology initiatives. Additionally, beginning in June 2009, eligible veterans and survivors will get a one-time payment of $250 to help them weather the economic recession. The VA will use its existing payment records to determine who is eligible for the $250 payment.