Congressman Tim Ryan Supports Military Construction/VA Bill and Secures $5.2 Million for a Sanitary Sewer Project at Camp Ravenna

Jun 5, 2013 Issues: Helping Working Families

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tim Ryan, member of the Defense Subcommittee on Appropriations, today voted in support of the 2014 Military Construction/Veterans Administration bill, which provides $5.2 million for a sewer project at Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center.

The Ohio National Guard has a long-term plan to develop Camp Ravenna as a major training site. Ohio National Guard units from across the state, as well as military units from other states will increasingly train at Camp Ravenna. With over 21,000 acres, the camp provides the capacity to train up to a brigade-sized element (3,000 Soldiers).

“The Ravenna Arsenal is a major asset for Northeastern Ohio and the U.S. military, and the $5.2 million secured today will upgrade the infrastructure, provide jobs, and help secure Camp Ravenna’s future as a premier training site,” said Congressman Ryan.

"With this major update and expansion of the existing infrastructure," said Brigadier General John Harris, "we are moving closer to our vision of Camp Ravenna as a major regional training center, able to meet the training needs of the more than 11,000 Soldiers of the Ohio National Guard, along with military and first responder assets from many other states and departments."

The Military Construction/VA Bill provides $73.2 billion in spending for 2014, including $63.1 billion for VA programs, primarily for medical care to treat approximately 6.5 million patients in fiscal year 2014. The bill also provides $10 billion for military construction programs.

The bill also addresses the backlog of veterans disability claims, including increasing the number of claims processors, investing in the transition from paper to digital health records, new reporting requirements on the backlog, and developing an integrated health records system with the Department of Defense.

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