Congresswoman Kaptur: Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky Leads VA’s Priority List with Six Major Improvement Projects

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur (OH-9) said today the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky could see up to $12.2 million in renovation and infrastructure work based on the 2013 priority list from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“I am pleased to announce that the 2013 priority list has more renovation projects for the Ohio Veterans Home than any facility in America,” said Congresswoman Kaptur.

“Improvements at the Sandusky home are vital to providing the quality of service that our veterans deserve and they certainly help boost our local economy.”

VA officials ranked proposed construction projects throughout the country, with a 65-35 federal-state funding share. Of 74 projects on the national list, no fewer than six are at the landmark Sandusky facility on Columbus Avenue, including $3.9 million in electrical service upgrades, $3 million in sewer pipeline upgrades, and $2.3 million for heating, ventilation and air condition improvements.

“We look forward to these projects moving along expeditiously, especially considering all the budget uncertainty coming out of Washington,” said Congresswoman Kaptur.

Here are the projects at the Ohio Veterans Home that made the VA priority list for 2013:
  • Electrical panel and service upgrade: $3,899,67

  • Sewer pipeline upgrade: $2,979,470

  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning: $2,326,675

  • Steam lines: $1,776,125

  • Ventilation system: $675,025

  • Domestic water line upgrades: $543,888

In dollar terms, the largest projects on the national list are $21 million projects in Iowa and South Dakota.

The OVH, a 427-bed nursing home, offers standard care for veterans, including special care for those with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia. It has operated continuously since 1888 when it opened to care for veterans of the Civil War. The other veterans home in Ohio is located in Georgetown (Brown County) in the southern part of the state.

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