United States Department of Veterans Affairs

VA NY Harbor Healthcare System

VA Tallies Recovery Act Funding: $14.8M Investment Provides Improved Care, Services for Veterans
August 2, 2010

Brooklyn, NY – As federal agencies approach the July 31 deadline to commit funds obtained through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the VA facility at the Brooklyn VA Medical Center’s total allocation is $14,856,851.

The funding, part of President Obama’s economic recovery plan to improve services to America’s Veterans, will go toward projects like repairing elevators, sidewalks, parking lots and roads, replacing and upgrading light fixtures and upgrading ventilation systems.

Recovery Act funding enables VA to improve medical facilities and national cemeteries, provide grants to assist states in acquiring or constructing state nursing homes and extended care facilities, and to modify or alter existing facilities to care for Veterans.

In addition, VA dedicated Recovery Act funds to hire and train 1,500 temporary claims processors to speed benefits delivery to Veterans and pursue needed information technology initiatives for improved benefits and services.

As part of the President’s Recovery plan, VA made one-time payments of $250 to eligible Veterans and survivors to mitigate the effects of the current economy. VA estimates $700 million in payments were made to eligible beneficiaries as part of this measure.

Overall, VA will target about $1.4 billion in Recovery Act funds to benefit Veterans. The VA’s Internet site – www.va.gov/recovery – provides current information about VA’s work to deliver its portion of the Recovery Act.