The Fiscal Year 2010 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill, which allocates more than $95 million for West Virginia’s military installations, passed Congress. The bill also included set asides for improvements for 2 VA Administration health care centers.
The bill’s sponsor, Senator Robert Byrd, allotted specific funding for the following projects into the bill:
– A taxiway upgrade at Shepherd Airbase in Martinsburg;
– Complete replacement of the Emergency Service Center at the Naval Security Group in Sugar Grove;
– Plans to upgrade, expand, and bring into code, the National Army Guard armory in St. Albans;
– Money set aside for construction of the:
— Elkins Armed Forces Readiness Center;
— Spencer-Ripley Armed Forces Readiness Center; and
— Fairmont Armed Forces Readiness Center.
The Appropriations Committee requested the VA provide funding in its 2011 budget for construction of 2 VA health care centers so that construction on the medical centers could start as soon as possible.