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Date:
April 23, 2009
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Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Aaron Nielsen, VA Public Affairs Officer, 420-4071
Bob Caldwell, Hampton Enterprises, 489-8858


GROUND BROKEN FOR $14 MILLION REGIONAL VA OFFICE IN WILLIAMSBURG VILLAGE
Facility brings new jobs to Lincoln

Williamsburg Village at 40th and Old Cheney will be the new home for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Regional Office. Mayor Chris Beutler participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for the $14 million, 66,000 square-foot facility being developed southwest of 40th and Old Cheney by Hampton Enterprises of Lincoln.

"We welcome the expansion of veterans' services in Lincoln and appreciate this major investment in our community," Beutler said. "This facility will be a beautiful addition to our city, and the construction activity and new jobs will be a boost for our local economy. At the same time, this project helps Nebraska veterans, who deserve our appreciation and support."

"This facility is being built for our nation's veterans," said Loren Miller, Director of the VA Regional Office. "It signifies a continued commitment by the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide the best service for its veterans and their families. We extend our profound appreciation to the city of Lincoln, the state of Nebraska, and our congressional offices for their unwavering support to Nebraska veterans and the support of this critical project."

Currently, the VA Regional Office employs about 150 people at two Lincoln locations, 48th and Old Cheney and at the VA Medical Center, 600 S. 70th St. Those employees will all be housed at the new location. The VA recently announced that it will immediately add about 30 jobs, and the new facility will have the capacity to add additional jobs to process disability compensation claims for veterans.

Hampton will begin construction in June, with expected completion in the summer of 2010.

"It's an honor to have been chosen by the Department of Veterans Affairs to build and lease a facility that provides such important services," said Bob Caldwell, president and CEO of Hampton Enterprises. "And we're excited to build it in Williamsburg Village, a vibrant retail and office community that offers shopping, medical services, restaurants, banking and pharmacy services, all within walking distance for VA employees and visitors."

The Regional Office has jurisdiction for the entire state of Nebraska, with an estimated 153,000 veterans. It is responsible for the administration of benefits including disability compensation and pension, survivor's benefits, and vocational rehabilitation and employment services. About $371 million was paid to Nebraska veterans in 2008.

The office will also house service organizations including the Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of America, Disabled American Veterans and Paralyzed Veterans of America.

At the groundbreaking today, Mayor Beutler presented a proclamation to Miller declaring Friday, May 1, as Silver Star Banner Day to honor all wounded and ill veterans.

Founded by Joe Hampton in 1948, Hampton Enterprises consists of Hampton Realty and Hampton Construction and employs more than 65 people with expertise in land development, commercial general contracting, construction management, real estate brokerage, property management and building maintenance.


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