WALLA WALLA: Murray Celebrates New Veterans Facilities at Wainwright VAMC that She Helped Save from Closure

May 28 2013

On the day ground is broken on new veterans home, Murray recalls work to provide federal funding after 2008 closure left local veterans with nowhere to turn

Read Senator Murray’s letter from today’s celebration.

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray, a senior member of the Senate Veterans Affairs’ Committee, applauded the site dedication for a new State Veterans Home and the ribbon-cutting of a newly completed Residential Rehabilitation Unit building in Walla Walla. Senator Murray has a long history of working to support the veterans of the Walla Walla region, including her work in 2004 when she successfully urged the VA to reject the recommendation from the Capital Asset Realignment for Enhanced Services (CARES) Commission that the VA close the facility in Walla Walla.

The State Veterans Home will replace the old nursing home that was shut down in 2008 after an independent audit determined that the facility posed an immediate threat and did not meet professional standards. Following that threat, Senator Murray led members of the Northwest Congressional Delegation in calling for immediate funding for a new facility. The Residential Rehabilitation Unit will provide substance abuse treatment for area veterans. 

“I am proud to be a partner in both of these projects and pleased that I was able to secure the federal funding to support the construction of both of these state of the art facilities that will help meet the long term care needs of veterans in the region,” Senator Murray wrote.  “The commitment we make to care for our servicemembers and veterans does not end when they return home.  It is so important we ensure these men and women have access to the quality care they deserve.”

Read more about the new Walla Walla facilities.