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City officials welcome news of new VA facility

City of Yuma officials welcomed the news Monday that Yuma will receive grant funding for a Veterans Administration facility to be built in the city limits.

“Meeting the needs of our veterans here has been a top priority of the City and the region,” stated Mayor Douglas Nicholls. Referring to trips he has taken to Washington, D.C. over the course of his four-plus years in office, Nicholls said: “Persistence and solid justifications have paid off again for our military veterans. I also want to thank our senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake, for their help with this and their response to my letter and meetings on the Yuma VA home.”

The City of Yuma donated land in the vicinity of Avenue 6E near 34th  Street last year for this facility, for which the City has advocated funding actively for four years.

The VA home will provide short-term and long-term care for veterans of the U.S. armed forces. While the City had not officially received its letter and does not have the specific dollar amount it will receive, City officials anticipate the possibility of receiving more funds than its initial request, enabling a facility that had been initially designed for 60 beds to be upgraded to 80 beds.

“With two military bases in our area and the number of retired military who reside in Yuma, it is easy to justify the expansion of the facility to 80 beds,” said City Administrator Greg Wilkinson. “Taking care of our veterans and bringing the new facility and jobs to Yuma is a big win for the region.”

The VA facility is currently under design. Construction could start in the next year.

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