May 24, 2017

VA eyes building closures to boost care under Trump

Featuring Phillip Carter

Source: The Hill

Journalist Ellen Mitchell

The Trump administration is considering whether to shut down Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities and consolidate hospitals to save money. 

The move, tentatively supported by lawmakers and veterans groups alike, would dispose of some of the agency’s more than 1,200 vacant or underused buildings and then use the savings to improve healthcare access for veterans.

The buildings eyed for closure include storage facilities and medical centers, which include warehouses, sheds, garages, greenhouses, dorms, gyms, chapels, research laboratories, libraries, dining halls, nursing homes and offices. The structures are often older and part of larger medical campuses.

The VA has more than 6,200 owned buildings, and more than 1,200 of them are vacant or underutilized, according to the agency.

Read the full article in The Hill.

  • Phillip Carter

    Senior Fellow and Director, Military, Veterans, and Society Program

    Phillip Carter is Senior Fellow and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security.  His research focuses on issues facing v...