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Oct 29 2017

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Puller Veterans Care Center Groundbreaking Ceremony

(left to right) Post 1503 Commander Tim Brown, State Commander Mike Boehme, The Post 1503 Color Guard,
District 10 Commander Chuck Wilson, State Junior Vice Commander Rick Raskin

Oct 26, 2017, Vint Hill VA. Just a few decades ago, Vint Hill Farms was home to thousands of military people and their families. Today, a 30-acre section of the property is taking on a new life as a future home for Virginia’s veterans.


The new facility, slated to open in 2019-20 timeframe, is on a 30-acre site that was home to an Army intelligence-gathering station until it closed in 1997. The $48-million Veterans Care Center is named after the Puller family, which has deep roots in the Northern Virginia area, including famed U.S. Marine Gen. Lewis “Chesty” Puller; his wife, retired state Sen. Linda “Toddy” Puller; and his son, Marine Lt. Lewis Puller, Jr

 

 

Gov. Terry McAuliffe and a host of other elected leaders picked up their shovels on this day to break ground on the Puller Veterans Care Center, formally kicking off construction on a 128-bed facility for recovering veterans at the intersection of Vint Hill Road and Vint Hill Parkway in Warrenton..

 

 

 

 

 


Del. Rich Anderson, R-51st District, Life Member of the VFW, and a vocal backer of veterans issues, said he teamed up with Del. Kirk Cox, R-66th District, to sponsor legislation to allocate funding for the centers. Meanwhile, Toddy Puller herself, then a Democratic senator for the 36th District, introduced a companion bill.

Anderson said he originally tried to bring the Northern Virginia facility to a site near Manassas, and even got Prince William County to agree to hand over some land for the project, but the Fauquier location proved to be a much more palatable one.  “This is so much more centrally located,” Anderson said. “And there’s ample room for expansion. We should be able to double this to 240 beds or so over the years.”

It also helped that a local developer and economic development authority were able to donate some land for the facility, which is located in a rapidly growing section of Fauquier County just off Va. 29. Del. Scott Lingamfelter, R-31st District, and Life Member of the VFW, pointed out that the center will bring about 150 “good, solid, well-paying jobs” to his district, and many of those workers could soon settle in the area. “As Vint Hill develops, they can live, work and shop all through this area,” Lingamfelter said. “It’s just the perfect setting…and it shows that Virginia is not going to leave its veterans behind.

 

The ceremony was well attended by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The VFW Post 1503 Color Guard performed the “Posting of the Colors.” State Commander Mike Boehme, District 10 Commander CHUCK WILSON, Post 1503 Commander Tim Brown, State Junior Vice Commander Rick Raskin,, and a multitude of Virginia VFW members were in attendance.

Vint Hill Farms Station was established during World War II in 1942 by the Army’s Signals Intelligence Service (SIS). After the war, VHFS became the first field station of the Army Security Agency, a subordinate to the NSA,[8] and the facility conducted signals intelligence operations and served as a training center for radio-intercept operators, cryptanalysts, and radio-repair technicians.[3] During the Cold War, VHFS intercepted key Soviet diplomatic and military communications sent over FISH teleprinter. More on Vint Hill click on this link: VINT HILL HISTORY

 

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