VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Military veterans in Virginia will soon have a new option for care as they grow older or need immediate, temporary care.
The Jones and Cabacoy Veterans Care Center is currently under construction in the 2700 block of North Landing Road in the Princess Anne area just off Nimmo Parkway.
According to the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, the 25 acres of land was donated by the City of Virginia Beach. The cost is estimated at $70 million. Developers say half of the money came from the federal government and half from the state.
The center is planning to have 128 private bedrooms and a variety of common spaces, including a library and a barbershop, as well as its own pharmacy. It will have outdoor spaces, designed to allow residents to get fresh air while keeping in mind the safety and security of residents with memory loss and dementia.
The center is approximately 150,000 sq. ft.
There are currently two other Veterans Care Centers in Virginia run by the state; those are in Richmond and Roanoke.
Construction is well underway, estimated to be about 90% complete. Steven Combs, the Chief Deputy Commissioner for the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, says they will start accepting applications in May, targeting an opening in late August. Combs says they’ve already had family members and veterans express interest.
"There are going to be veterans who are going to come here and live out their lives here, and there will be some smaller population who will come for two, three, four weeks and then go home," explained Combs.
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