More than $95 Million Likely Headed to West Virginia Military Installations

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.