Ground broken for $14 million regional VA office

The VA Regional Office now employs about 150 people at two Lincoln locations, 48th and Old Cheney and at the VA Medical Center, 600 S. 70th St. Those employees will be housed at the new location, according to a press release from the city.

The VA recently announced it will immediately add about 30 jobs, and the new office will have the capacity to add more jobs to process disability compensation claims for veterans.

Construction will begin in June; it’s expected to be done in the summer of 2010.

“We welcome the expansion of veterans’ services in Lincoln and appreciate this major investment in our community,” Mayor Chris Beutler said.

The facility signifies a continued commitment by the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide the best service for veterans and their families, according to Loren Miller, Director of the VA Regional Office.

The Regional Office has jurisdiction for the entire state of Nebraska, with an estimated 153,000 veterans.

It is responsible for the administration of benefits, including disability compensation and pension, survivor’s benefits, and vocational rehabilitation and employment services.

About $371 million was paid to Nebraska veterans in 2008.

The office will also house service organizations including the Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of America, Disabled American Veterans and Paralyzed Veterans of America.

At the groundbreaking, Beutler also declared May 1 will be Silver Star Banner Day to honor all wounded and ill veterans.

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