$14.3 million for Polk, Camp Beauregard: Alexandria VAMC will get $1.2 million

"These projects will help repair and modernize facilities at Fort Polk and Camp Beauregard for our military service members who work each day to keep us safe," Landrieu said. "The Economic Recovery Package is sending $13 million to Fort Polk and $1.3 million to Camp Beauregard to strengthen aging infrastructure.

"This funding will upgrade roofs and lighting, fix electrical and mechanical systems and repair traffic signals -- all of which will improve the quality of life at Fort Polk and Camp Beauregard."

Other bases receiving funding include Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, Bell Chasse's Marine Corps and Naval reserve bases and Camp Minden.

"The recovery act dollars will also go a long way to boosting the economy in our Central Louisiana military community," Landrieu said. "As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I will continue working to secure funding to upgrade our Louisiana military installations and maintain our competitive edge."

Funded improvements to Fort Polk include roof repairs, upgrades to surrounding roads and a $2 million renovation of the base's dining facilities to include a fire detection and suppression system.

Camp Beauregard's take will fund an upgrade of its energy system and streetlights.

Ball Mayor Roy Hebron said the impact of the improvements to Beauregard will be far-reaching and "very important to our community." He added that the projects "improve and create more jobs for Ball and the city of Pineville."

Maj. Michael Kazmierzak, Louisiana National Guard public affairs officer, said the funding will help repair some of the facilities around the state damaged as a result of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

"We have also worked proactively with the National Guard Bureau on our previously identified infrastructure projects for our installations, which will provide an improved quality of life and improved work environments for our soldiers, airmen and their families," Kazmierzak said. "Camp Beauregard looks forward to the improvements provided by several of these funded projects."

Leesville Mayor Betty Westerchil said the community appreciates Landrieu's continued support of Fort Polk and the community, and that one of the city's goals is to "improve the quality of life for our soldiers and their families."

"This is great news for Fort Polk and our partner Louisiana military installations," said Brig. Gen. James C. Yarbrough, commanding general of the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk. "This further demonstrates the commitment to improving and sustaining quality of life for our soldiers and their families.

"We've got great momentum in our progress toward making Fort Polk an installation of choice, and these additional funds build on that momentum. The future couldn't look any brighter for Fort Polk."

Fort Polk's funding will go toward projects backlogged and previously identified in the Army Project Prioritization System. All were awaiting funding.

Evans said that the $2 million dining project will bring the old building up to current standards and the road work is for highly-traveled roads.

The more than $5 million in repairs and improvements in roads projects will allow Fort Polk to continue to maintain safe roads for military personnel, their families and civilian personnel.

State Rep. James Armes, a Democrat who represents Beauregard and Vernon parishes, described the roads scheduled for repair as in "deplorable shape" and said the projects will be "a great uplift for the Army families at Fort Polk."

Vernon Parish Schools Superintendent Jackie Self said they appreciate Landrieu's effort in securing the funds. "Any effort to improve the quality of life of our soldiers and their families will greatly benefit Vernon Parish," he said. "Specifically the improvements to the roads listed will help in the transportation of students to and from school."

Funding for medical facilities

"These VA grants will serve the dual purpose of providing good-paying construction jobs and upgrading medical facilities for Louisiana's veterans," Landrieu said. "Ensuring our VA clinics and hospitals are modernized is key to fulfilling our nation's promise to care for those who have answered the call of duty."

Alexandria's VA Medical Center is getting more than $1.26 million for improvements that will help create office space for mental health programs, as well as update existing systems and equipment.

"These are projects that were already planned, but this grant funding will allow us to complete the projects much sooner than we had anticipated," said Barbara Watkins, director of the Alexandria VA Medical Center.

Alexandria National Cemetery in Pineville received $4,000 for repairs to a maintenance building.

"I can think of no better purpose for economic recovery funds than to honor Louisiana's veterans," said Lane Carson, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs. "The great men and women who sacrifice in service to our nation deserve every effort we can afford toward caring for their legacy."

Additional Facts
Military installation projects and funding:

at Fort Polk

Dining Facility Building 2382, repair failing electrical, mechanical and fire detection and suppression system -- $2,000,000

Repair/Overlay Chaffee Road, (Exchange Road to ACP) -- $3,880,000

Repair/Overlay Louisiana Avenue West and traffic signal improvements on La. Highway 467 to Texas Avenue -- $2,900,000

Repair failing heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, paint and interior repair to building 2070 -- $1,300,000

Repair/super preventative maintenance One 5 Company administration building 2264 -- $700,000

Install solar lights, 4/10 operations group -- $700,000

Consolidated fuel facility access road and utilities -- $500,000

Repair roof of building 4291 -- $395,000

Repair roof of secure information facility building 2759 -- $350,000

Repair Magazine Road -- $320,000

Replace failing roof components, mini mall B 1455 -- $250,000

Army National Guard

at Camp Beauregard

Upgrade street lights to solar -- $660,000

Energy system replacement in dining facility building 1007 -- $625,000

Energy audit on administrative buildings -- $7,000

Source: U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu

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