In keeping with VA Secretary Eric Shinseki’s new overall vision for the VA, veterans have earned the absolute best treatment and health care the U.S. can possibly provide. One way Mr. Shinseki plans on fulfilling this vision is by providing veterans with the best possible access to that health care.
To make this happen, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is both building new and improving existing facilities. Recently, the VA awarded $41.5 million in contracts to be used:
- To create a state of the art “polytrauma center” focusing on treating and caring for veterans considered to be the most severely injured; and
- To improve existing facilities at the Audie L. Murphy VA Medical Center in San Antonio.
“Polytrauma” is the type of health care used for veterans suffering from more than one critical and life-threatening condition. The majority of “polytrauama” patients are veterans of the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that were injured by explosives and roadside bombs.
The first of the two contracts, valued at $37.2 million, went to a Birmingham, Alabama construction company to construct a three story, 84,000 square foot “polytrauma” center in San Antonio to include:
- Physical medicine;
- Rehabilitation services; and
- Prosthetic service and research.
A San Antonio construction firm received a contract directing them to improve the current facilities at the Audie L. Murphy VA Medical Center. The contract details out the plans made to update and improve ward 4-A to include:
- Electrical Work;
- Fire alarm and protection systems;
- Telephone and data systems; and
- Asbestos abatement.
The veteran population in Texas numbers approximately 1.7 million. There are 11 VA medical centers, 40+ outpatient clinics, 14 veteran centers and six national cemeteries spread across the state. Last year, the VA spent more than $7.8 billion on the state’s veterans.
Learn more about the VA’s contracts to improve health care.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, contact Veterans Help Group. You may be entitled to certain programs and benefits so contact our veterans disability rights firm today.