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Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center seeks input on senior housing

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The Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center will hold a public hearing next week on a proposal to renovate a vacant building on its Uptown Division campus for senior and assisted-living patients.

The VA will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Tuesday in its Uptown Division Auditorium, 1 Freedom Way. The proposal concerns Building 18, near the front of the campus close to Wrightsboro Road and directly behind the bus stop. The Enhanced-Use Lease Project would put 40 senior and assisted-living beds there in a good location for them, interim spokeswoman Robin Brown said.

“They’ll have easy access” to the bus line, she said. The historic building, built in 1913, had been used as a domiciliary but has not been in use since 2006. The building would require minimal renovations and is part of a VA effort to get better use out of its properties, according to a VA news release.

“It seems like it would be great,” Brown said. “We have such a growing population of senior veterans.”

Another proposal to renovate a vacant building in another part of the Uptown Division to be used as transitional housing for homeless veterans is also proceeding, Brown said.

The VA is encouraging comments and questions to be submitted before Tuesday’s hearing to: Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center (Uptown Division) (00P), 1 Freedom Way, Augusta, GA 30409, or by e-mail to robin.brown5@va.gov.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/22/11 - 08:32 am
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The role of the VA was

The role of the VA was supposed to provide medical care to veterans who were injured while in the service and for the poor as available. Now it is taken care of the elderly?

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desertcat6 09/22/11 - 10:37 am
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The VA has taken care of

The VA has taken care of elderly service connected and non-service connect veterans with financial need for a long time in a variety of ways (www.va.gov/GERIATRICS/) -- some is paid for by the VA directly and some by veterans. This proposal is for a "Enhanced Use Lease Project" which means it would be funded and operated by a contractor/developer that leases the facility to provide a service to veterans or a certain percentage of veterans. Either the veteran or the VA would pay depending on the situation, benefit or compensation circumstances.

whatdahell
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whatdahell 09/22/11 - 10:44 am
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Riverman1- the VA does

Riverman1- the VA does provide medical care to veterans, but there is so much more to the VA! A veteran is a veteran for life! Once they receive the medical attention they need, are you saying then that the VA should just send them on their way. Whether you realize it or not, many veterans have more than just MEDICAL issues and one of the main ones is homelessness!!! No matter what good the VA tries to do, people always find something to say about it! If they didn't care and left them on the street, there would be something said! Come on people...what are you doing to help your fellow man? Let the VA do what it is designed to do...take care of veterans (in all aspects)!

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Riverman1 09/22/11 - 10:59 am
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We can agree to disagree, but

We can agree to disagree, but I don't see where the government should pay for medical care of nonservice connected problems simply bcause someone spent a couple years in the military years ago.

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Vito45 09/22/11 - 12:38 pm
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River, was that NSC sick

River, was that NSC sick soldier promised that lifetime medical care would be a bennie for two years service? If so, he should get it; if not, he shouldn't.
On a tangential subject, I've long advocated that post-military service medical facilities be shut down and provide eligible veterans with insurance instead. Let them choose their own private doctors rather than getting guinea-pigged and/ or getting less than top flight services at VA's. (I worked at the VA for several years so know from whence I speak) You kill three birds with one stone; you eradicate a HUGE government jobs program, you save money by using private services that could fold into the Medicare system without starting another bureacracy; and best of all, our veterans receive a higher level of care.

Of course, I would not do that in one fell swoop and put people out of work. I would make it part of the package for every new recruit signing up today. Over time, VA's would dry up on the vine and military hospitals would slowly shrink to accomodate only active duty.

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scgator 09/22/11 - 03:03 pm
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riverman...........when an

riverman...........when an individual takes the military oath, when they join the military; that person swears to give, even their physical life if necessary to protect our country; (this includes people like you), and in turn our country (government) agrees to protect the veteran AND his or her health (physical and mental) for their natural lifetime. It is a sworn agreement between the two parties involved. While I understand that you may disagree, the fact that you can disagree in public forum should be payment enough for you. Yes, VA healthcare is costly, but the lack of, or loss of our freedom would be dramatically more costly. I WILL gladly pay more in taxes to reward those who dedicate and sometimes give their lives to protect our rights and freedoms.

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Riverman1 09/22/11 - 03:40 pm
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SCGator, that's the thing. No

SCGator, that's the thing. No one is promised VA medical care for life when he joins the military unless they are wounded, injured or something while on active duty. They are promised medical care while in the military and afterwards if they retire. This VA medical care for life for all is a relatively new thing that has gradually creeped into existence.

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