The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced last week that it has approved construction of a $250-million veteran's facility in San Joaquin County that's expected to serve thousands of vets in need and create 900 jobs.
San Joaquin County is home to more than 42,000 veterans, and the project will include an expanded outpatient clinic and nursing home. In the Central Valley region as a whole, there are more than 80,000 vets. Congressman Jerry McNerney, (D-Pleasanton), who has been lobbying for the facility for years, said it will be a boon to that region's economy.
"The construction and staffing of the facility is estimated to bring 900 much-needed jobs to the area," he said.
The VA had been considering San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties as possible locations. The closest veterans center to San Joaquin County is an outpatient clinic in French Camp, followed by Livermore and Palo Alto. A specific location for the new facility, which is anticipated to be completed by 2015, has not been chosen yet.