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Veterans center will be named for 2 war heroes

By Coleman Jennings, VCU Capital News Service

RICHMOND – A veterans health-care center planned for Virginia Beach will be named for two war heroes from the area, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday during a ceremony at the Virginia War Memorial. The facility will be called the Jones & Cabacoy Veterans Care Center.

“I am proud to announce that we are naming the new veterans care center after two Tidewater natives who served Virginia and our nation,” McAuliffe told a crowd of about 100 people. The facility – a long-term nursing care center that will be the first of its kind in Hampton Roads – will carry the names of:

  • Col. William A. Jones III, a Norfolk native who received the Medal of Honor for rescuing a fellow pilot in Vietnam in 1968. He died in an airplane accident near Woodbridge in 1969.
  • Army Staff Sgt. Christopher F. Cabacoy, a Virginia Beach native who died in 2010 when insurgents in Kandahar, Afghanistan, attacked his vehicle with a homemade bomb.

The veterans care center will sit on a 26-acre site next to the planned extension of Nimmo Parkway. The land for the site was donated by the city of Virginia Beach. The 128-bed facility will feature all private rooms, organized into households and neighborhoods that surround a central community center.

The center will specialize in caring for patients with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other chronic illnesses. It will provide both long-term nursing care and short-term rehabilitation.

The center will be operated by the Virginia Department of Veteran Services, which already runs similar facilities in Richmond and Roanoke.

The Jones & Cabacoy Veterans Care Center is expected to open in late 2019. At about the same time, the state plans to open the Puller Veteran Care Center in Fauquier County, which will offer similar services.

Also at Wednesday’s ceremony, McAuliffe signed four bills aimed at helping veterans and their families:

The new laws will take effect July 1.

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