WASHINGTON, DC – This week, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), alongside Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), sent a letter to President Biden, urging him to include in his Fiscal Year 2024 budget a request to construct a new Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center in Reno to replace the existing VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System.
In 2012, the VA submitted a request to renovate the existing medical center in order to address infrastructure deficiencies and expand it to include a clinical and research wing. Since then, it has been determined that building a new, state-of-the-art facility to provide high-quality care to Nevada’s veterans would be more cost-effective, and the time to complete construction of a new facility would be significantly shorter than renovating the existing medical center.
By Bob Conrad
- U.S. Democratic Senators Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen today issued a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to authorize a new Veterans Administration hospital in Reno.
- “Our veterans sacrificed so much for our nation, and the least we can do to honor their service is make sure they can access all of the benefits they earned,” Rosen said in a statement to This Is Reno. “One of the most important issues for veterans in Northern Nevada is having quality, reliable health care services. That’s why I’m urging President Biden to make sure his upcoming federal budget includes language requesting the construction of a brand new veterans hospital in Reno…”
By Crystal Garcia
- This week, both of Nevada’s U.S. Senators sent a letter to President Joe Biden, asking for a new Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Northern Nevada.
- The Senators’ request comes just ahead of the president’s annual budget submittal to Congress for the upcoming fiscal year.
Rosen says advocating for a new facility comes down to one simple thing: getting Northern Nevada veterans, and their families, the care they deserve.
KRNV Reno: Senators Push for New VA Center
Reporter: “State leaders are pushing President Biden for a new medical center to replace the existing VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System… According to the VA, with all the renovations needed at the current medical center, it would be more cost-effective and faster to tear down the old building and build a new one.”
Reporter: “Today Senator Jacky Rosen said it would be more efficient to build a new hospital than upgrade the existing building… the senators say that using the budget for an all-new building with all-new technology would be more beneficial for the veteran community in Northern Nevada.”