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Wittman Gives Keynote Address at the Groundbreaking Ceremony of the Fredericksburg Health Care Center

FREDERICKSBURG, VA - Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) gave the keynote address at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Fredericksburg Health Care Center. Congressman Wittman played a vital role in ensuring this historic project’s success. In FY2017, the Republican-led Congress authorized the largest lease procurement the Department of Veterans Affairs has ever undertaken – this center was included because of Congressman Wittman’s direct advocacy.

“This is a momentous day not only for the Fredericksburg region but for all of our incredibly deserving Veterans throughout the entire Commonwealth of Virginia,” said Wittman. “This project has been years in the making. I have been working with the Department of Veterans Affairs and local governments on this project over the past several years to help veterans in our area and in our communities. The Fredericksburg Region is home to more than 42,000 veterans and the numbers continue to rise. This new facility will allow even better care to be delivered for veterans living in the First Congressional District and the greater-Fredericksburg region. 

“As part of my ongoing efforts to hear directly from our Veterans about issues they face in our community, I formed the First District Veterans Advisory Board in 2008. This facility comes to our region thanks in part to the Advisory Board’s work and my work in Congress. I am unbelievably grateful for all the work that the Department of Veterans Affairs does, and I am equally thankful for how the VA continues to grow to meet the needs of veterans. Massive undertakings, such as this Healthcare Center in Fredericksburg, would not be possible without the tireless efforts of the VA. This groundbreaking ceremony is an example of getting it right for our nation’s heroes, and I am both proud and grateful to see these years of tireless efforts come to fruition.”

This four-story, 471,121 square-foot facility will provide care to roughly 29,000 veterans annually, and will allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to improve care to Fredericksburg veterans.

Congressman Rob Wittman represents the 1st District of Virginia. He serves on the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Armed Services Committee, where he serves as the ranking member of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee.