The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is one of the first agencies of the year to run through their allotted American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) money. The last $1.8 billion of their money was dedicated on 31Jul10 mostly to improve health care services for veterans.
VA Secretary Eric Shinseki pointed out how much the Recovery Act funds are benefiting veterans. The VA’s planned projects will include:
- Improving medical care;
- Speeding up claims processing by hiring claims processors;
- Enhancing national cemeteries;
- Upgrade technology systems;
- Improving state nursing homes;
- Advancing energy efficiency; and
- Generating jobs for Americans.
The VA wasted no time assigning the recovered money to these needed projects. Three quarters of the 696 contractors who hold 1,521 contracts with the VA and funded with Recovery act money are veterans. In keeping with the VA’s vision of supporting veteran-owned businesses, the contractors are either:
- Service-disabled veteran owned businesses; or
- Veteran owned small businesses.
All 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia will share, in part, the total amount of money to fund various projects at more than 1,200 locations. In addition to improving care and services for veterans, the money will help create jobs.
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.