Sen. Brown Joins VA Sec. Shinseki to Highlight Stimulus Funds at Cincinnati VA Medical Center

CINCINNATI, OH - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki today to highlight improvements, funded by the Recovery Act, made at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center.

"VA medical centers across Ohio and the nation provide the best medical care in the nation. We see that right here in Cincinnati," Brown said. "When President Obama and Congress took aggressive steps to rescue the economy - including enacting the Recovery Act - it also represented historic investments in our nation's VA system."

Sen. Brown and Sec. Shinseki held a briefing and toured the Medical Center. Following the tour, Brown discussed the findings of several meetings he's convened this month in Ohio -- including an official hearing of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee -- on the services provided to Ohio veterans.

Below is a list of projects funded by the Recovery Act that are currently underway at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center.

Project

Award Date Funding

Reorganization of Post Anesthesia Care Unit

Anticipated April 2010 $2,700,000

FCA Replace PA System and Paging System

March 3, 2010 $163,450
TBI/PTSD Program Fort Thomas Division August 11, 2009 $1,728,000

Cath Lab Site Prep

August 25, 2009 $791,834
FCA Bldg #1 & 15 Façade Restoration August 11, 2009 $1,053,209

Total Recovery funding: $6,436,493

This is the final stop in a series of events held by Sen. Brown in southern Ohio concerning veterans. On Monday, Sen. Brown held a hearing of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs in Cambridge. The field hearing focused on access to services and benefits for veterans living in the Appalachian region. Last week, Sen. Brown visited the Chillicothe VA Medical Center where he met with VA leadership, union representatives, and veterans to examine veterans' issues, including veteran homelessness, the need for benefit reforms, and increased investments at the Chillicothe VA medical center.

Brown, a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, is the author of several legislative initiatives that would strengthen our nation's commitment to veterans by improving education reimbursements and expanding employment protection for former service members. Brown has held more than 140 community events since being sworn into office in 2007 - holding at least one roundtable discussion with community leaders in each of Ohio's 88 counties. Many of Brown's legislative priorities, including his jobs initiatives, originated from these discussions.

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