Congresswoman Shelley Berkley today announced that the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) has been awarded more than $1 million in federal funding to coordinate transportation for local veterans as they travel to and from VA medical facilities within the Las Vegas Valley.
"The brave men and women who served in America's armed forces earned the right to high quality healthcare and this funding will enable RTC to coordinate convenient, reliable transportation services for our local veterans when they visit a VA medical facility in Southern Nevada," said Berkley. "No matter where in the Las Vegas Valley they call home, veterans must be able to get a ride to and from their medical appointments and this funding will allow RTC to coordinate the delivery of these important transportation services to Nevada veterans and their families," said Berkley.
The new funding is also essential to ensure that veterans have the ability to access the new state-of-the-art VA medical complex now under construction in Las Vegas, as well as a series of neighborhood Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC's) that will provide additional outpatient services for vets.
"We are looking ahead to the opening of the Las Vegas Valley's first full-service VA medical complex and the needs of the veterans who will visit this state-of-the-art facility -- or one of our convenient neighborhood clinics -- to receive their medical care. Transportation for our veterans to and from these locations or other medical facilities in our community should be reliable and convenient and this funding will help enable RTC to meet that goal through creation of a network to coordinate rides with transport providers," said Berkley.
The new VA hospital, outpatient clinic and long-term care facility, located at 6900 North Pecos Road, will serve the needs of Nevada veterans, including those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and is scheduled to open next year. Berkley worked to successfully secure the funding needed for construction of the VA medical complex and authored the legislation that provided the 150 acre parcel where the facilities are located to the VA at no cost. The Congresswoman meets regularly with VA officials to ensure the resources are in place for completion of the medical complex.
The funding announced by Berkley was awarded as part of the FY 2011 Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative Program. Funding will be provided to RTC of Southern Nevada to establish a coordinated system of transportation providers. The implementation of this project will improve access to VA medical care for veterans throughout the Las Vegas area, including Nellis Air Force Base.