Idaho Examiner - Sen. Larry Craig News Releases

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

VA REGIONAL OFFICE ONE STEP CLOSER

Veterans Administration receives land for new regional office in Boise

WASHINGTON D.C. -- Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman, Larry Craig, R-Idaho, and Representative Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, announced today that the General Services Administration turned over control of land under its jurisdiction to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for use in the development of a new Regional Office on the campus of the VA’s Medical Center in Boise. Prior to the transfer, the land was used as an overflow parking lot for the Federal Court House in Boise.

“This is a great day for the veterans of Idaho. We are one step closer to enhanced services for those who have served our country. When construction is complete on the new Veterans Benefits Administration Regional Office, Idaho veterans will be able to obtain all of their health services and benefits at one place rather than having to go to separate buildings in different parts of the city,”Craig and Simpson said.

The provision requiring the transfer of land was included as part of the “Veterans Health Programs Improvement Act of 2004” at the request of Craig and Simpson. The bill became Public Law 108-422 when the President signed the legislation on November 30, 2004.

Click here (PDF, 239K) for a copy of the letter transferring the property.

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