OMAHA, NE – Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the approval of an agreement, which will allow the Omaha community to partner with the VA to build a new ambulatory care clinic on the current Omaha VA site. The agreement was made possible by legislation known as the CHIP IN for Vets Act which was signed into law last year.

“The agreement announced today sets the stage for a new ambulatory care clinic to meet the medical needs of Nebraska veterans. Omaha is the first community in the country to utilize this innovative partnership made possible by our CHIP IN for Vets Act. Through it, local communities can contribute their expertise and resources to help provide veterans with the quality health care they have earned. I’d like to thank the members of the Omaha community who have had an instrumental role in this process and Nebraska VA Director Don Burman for his work to move this partnership forward.”

The VA has already appropriated millions of dollars to construction projects that remain unfinished or have not yet begun. The CHIP IN for Vets Act, which was sponsored in the Senate by Senator Fischer, allows communities to take the lead and manage the construction of VA projects, contribute the remaining finances, and ensure these projects are completed on-time and on-budget. It sets up a pilot program to test this new model of construction with five initial projects. Omaha, Nebraska is the first community in the country to use this model.

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