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The Virginia Veterans Care Center (VVCC), located adjacent

to the Salem VAMC, provides state-of-the-art care for up to 240

veterans, with 180 skilled nursing beds (including 60 dedicated to

Alzheimer’s/memory care) and 60 assisted-living (domiciliary care)

beds. The VVCC provides on-site physical therapy, occupational

and speech therapies, and podiatry care, as well as many other

ancillary health care services. VVCC also offers amenities such

as a wheelchair accessible nature trail and deck, library, chapel,

solariums, and barbershop.

Both facilities are certified for both Medicare and Medicaid and

by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

To meet the growing demand for specialized veterans health

care, Governor Terry McAuliffe and the Virginia General Assembly

have approved funding to construct new veterans care centers. The

Puller Veterans Care Center will be built in the Vint Hill area of

Fauquier County, while the Hampton Road Veterans Care Center

will be built in the Princess Anne area of Virginia Beach. DVS will

break ground on the two new facilities in late 2017, with both slated

to open in late 2019. Each of these care centers will feature 120

private rooms and offer a homelike neighborhood atmosphere. Both

care centers will also feature dedicated neighborhoods to serve those

with Alzheimer’s/memory care needs.

The Virginia Department of Veterans Services works diligently

to provide Virginia veterans with the care and resources needed,

and with these two new care centers, more Virginia veterans will be

able to receive top-notch care they have earned through service and

sacrifice. To learn more about Virginia’s veterans care centers and all

the veteran services provided by DVS, visit


Robyn Jennings is the administrator, Sitter & Barfoot Veterans

Care Center in Richmond.

The Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS) operates

two veterans care centers—in Richmond and in Roanoke—that

provide affordable, high-quality care to Virginia’s veterans in a

caring and dignified setting appropriate for those men and women

who have served our nation with honor.

The Sitter & Barfoot Veterans Care Center (SBVCC) is located

on the campus of the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs

Medical Center (VAMC) in Richmond. It is named for two Medal of

Honor recipients with ties to the Richmond area—Colonel Carl L.

Sitter of the United States Marine Corps and Colonel Van T. Barfoot

of the United States Army. SBVCC has 200 single-occupancy

rooms organized into four skilled nursing care units, including a

dedicated 40-bed Alzheimer’s/memory care unit. SBVCC provides

exceptional nursing, physical, occupational, and speech therapy, as

well as therapeutic recreation, social and spiritual activities, and

other amenities such as an on-site pharmacy, a fully equipped barber

and beauty shop, activity and game rooms, resident lounges in each

nursing unit, courtyards, and an outdoor walking trail. Veterans

may be admitted as long-term residents or on a short-term basis for

rehabilitation as they transition from hospital care to home.

Virginia’s Veterans Care Center Provide

Top-Notch Care To Veterans

New facilities to be built in Fauquier County

and the City of Virginia Beach will complement

existing facilities in Richmond and Roanoke

By Robyn Jennings

And Bernie Henderson, the 1960s legislative aide, has been

looking up to Fergie Reid ever since their first meeting. Over these

years, he’s continually been struck by his optimism and resilience.

Henderson said, “My grandfather was in politics as a progressive

in the Deep South, so he frequently got beat up politically. He told

me that ‘you don’t lose until you stop trying to win.’ Fergie embodies

that; he won’t stop trying, so he’ll never lose.”

Lydia Freeman is a graduate of Bluefield College, former intern

at David Bailey Associates, and currently Teach for America fifth

grade teacher in Northampton County, NC.



Rendering of the Forthcoming Puller Veterans Care Center, Fauquier County.