Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $16.2 Million for Area Military Bases
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) announces $8.8 Million for Youngstown Air Reserve Station (YARS) and $7.4 Million for Camp Ravenna.
Ryan helped secure this funding through his position on the House Appropriations Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee (MIL-CON VA). YARS’s funding will go toward increased base security infrastructure. Ryan was able to expedite YAR's funding by inserting a provision in last year’s FY 2018 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Spending bill. Camp Ravenna's funding will go toward a new machine gun range. Ryan also succeeded in creating a new $10 million pilot program to finance construction at veterans service organizations that would enhance their delivery of health and wellness services.
“I am thankful to have been able to leverage my position on the MIL-CON VA Subcommittee to bring these funds back to our community so that we can make the important investments needed to keep our military facilities on the cutting edge,” said Congressman Ryan. “The men and women who serve at YARS and Camp Ravenna are the best and brightest we have and it is our responsibility to give them the resources they need to protect and serve both Northeast Ohio and the United States of America.”
Additionally, Congressman Ryan was successful in securing several additional elements in the bill to benefit service members and veterans in the 13th Congressional District and across the country:
- A report on Post-traumatic growth training for veterans.
- Language encouraging HCV screening outside of traditional sites of care.
- A report on the VA’s end of life care programs.
- Requirement that VA and DoD to examine the impact of rare cancers on those who serve.
- Request that the VA to dedicate additional resources to Neuromuscular Junction research.
- Request an updated report from the VA on how the VA Department is addressing the opioid epidemic within the veteran community.
The Fiscal Year 2019 bill for Military Construction and Veterans Affairs provides $96.9 billion, a $4 billion increase over the Fiscal Year 2018 enacted level. Components of the bill include the following highlights:
- $2.9 billion for the Veterans Benefits Administration;
- $1.8 billion to address veteran homelessness;
- $511 million to support the health needs of women veterans; and
- Provides the second installment of $2 billion for VA infrastructure improvements.