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VA Seeks Partnerships to Build and Improve Health-care Facilities

Source: VA Seeks Partnerships to Build and Improve Health-care Facilities October 19, 2017, 02:29:00 PM WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released a Request for Information (RFI) seeking interest from potential partners who want to support efforts to build world-class health-care facilities for America’s Veterans. Public Law 114-294, the Communities Helping Invest through Property and Improvements Needed for Veterans Act of 2016, also known as the “CHIP-IN Act,” authorizes VA to accept donations from up to five non-federal entities to help fund and expedite the construction of health-care related capital projects. (more…)

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Veteran Fields Holds First Harvest Banquet at ASU

Veteran Fields held the first annual Harvest Banquet on Saturday, September 23rd at Adams State University’s Vista Restaurant in Rex Stadium.  Veteran Fields is a community partnership consisting of the Veterans Coalition of the San Luis Valley, the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition and the Rio Grande Farm Park. The guest speaker for this event was John Kretsinger of KW Farms, who is a Marine Corps and Blue Angel Veteran.  One of John’s primary concerns is   sustainable farming and ranching, and he discussed many important subjects concerning food production in the Valley.  One of the most astonishing points that John raised was the fact that the Valley actually exports and imports a staggering 90% of our produce.  Therefore, the majority of the food we grow is currently being shipped out of the Valley, and the majority of the food we eat is shipped into the Valley. The attendees overwhelmingly agreed that this is something that needs to change. (more…)

By Jennifer Ballentine, ago
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VA Awards Grants to Help Homeless and At-risk Veterans and Families

WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it has awarded $343 million in grants to 288 nonprofit organizations to help low-income Veterans and their families. The grants were awarded under VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. “With these important grants, we are able to leverage the expertise of local experts to help our most economically vulnerable Veterans avoid or exit homelessness,” said VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin. “This is another VA program that moves at-risk Veterans toward housing and independence.” (more…)

By Keith, ago