MONTROSE, N.Y. – U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey, D-Westchester/Rockland, has announced the procurement of $5.5 million in federal funds to upgrade the indoor pool at the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System in Montrose and rebuild damaged portions of the pool building.
Funding will allow for upgrades to the Montrose VA facility’s indoor pool and reconstruction of damaged parts of the pool building, enabling year-round recreation and therapy options for long-term care patients.
Upgrades and reconstruction will start in the fall, with a projected completion date of spring/summer 2017. The pool facility has been closed for more than 10 years. The original, regular-temperature indoor pool was converted to a therapy pool in 1999. However, the pool closed in 2002. as it needed major upgrades and repairs.
“We will never be able to fully repay veterans who risked their lives defending the American way of life, but we can help them recover from injuries sustained during their service,” said Lowey, the ranking member on the House Appropriations Committee. “This pool at the Montrose VA facility will offer recreational and therapeutic options to help veterans heal the wounds of war. I will continue working to ensure veterans in the Lower Hudson Valley get the benefits and care they deserve.”
Cortlandt Town Supervisor Linda Puglisi said: “On behalf of all of our veterans, men and women, who have and will use the new FDR VA facility/hospital pool, I thank Congresswoman Nita Lowey for working to secure funding to make this needed renovation happen. The pool building on the VA campus in the hamlet of Montrose in the town of Cortlandt has been closed for over a decade. Our veterans committee, other veterans groups and many interested residents, along with our town board and I have sent petitions, letters, emails, and held rallies on the front lawn of the VA to renovate the pool, as well as to keep services at this VA facility." Created in 1997, the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System serves about 150,000 veterans in an area covering 3,500 square miles through two main campuses in Castle Point and Montrose, and several Community Based Outpatient Clinics.
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