VA center expanding its facility to better help its veterans


There was a ribbon cutting ceremony for the expansion of Fresno’s VA Community Living Center.

Friday marks a special day for a place that provides extended care services for veterans, 
because the first phase of the expansion project is complete.

“It means a lot to some of these people to see what the public is giving them for their service,” said Steven Burrows, Vietnam Veteran. 

Burrow was a resident at the center for 10 months, now he volunteers and said the new spaces will benefit many, especially those who get visitors.  

“I think it’s great it give a chance for people who do have families, for their families to come in and visit them all at one time,” said Burrows. 

The first phase of the project will house 6 permanent residents. 

When complete, the center will house about 60 residents.

Each veteran will be able to have a private bedroom with a full bath. 

“It’s really more of a home than it is a hospital place to stay, I would absolutely ask anyone to come and visit us and see the facility its juts a wonderful place for our veterans and we are so excited that we are able to do this for them,” said Cameron Porter, public information officer for the VA.

This state of the art facility has solar energy, high efficiency cooling and heating systems.
Plus patient lifts to will help staff move patients safely. 

“A lot of us didn’t get any welcome home when we came back but at least shows they do care and it’s very important,” Burrow added. 

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