YARS Receives $8.8M for Security Upgrades

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Youngstown Air Reserve Station has been awarded $8.8 million for security infrastructure upgrades, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan announced Thursday.

Camp Ravenna was also awarded $7.4 million for a new machine gun range and $10 million for construction projects at veterans service organizations.

“I am thankful to have been able to leverage my position on the 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,” Ryan said in a statement.

Ryan serves on the House Appropriations Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee. The funding for Youngstown Air Reserve Station is a provision in the fiscal 2018 military construction and veterans affairs spending bill.

Among the programs supported by the $10 million for veterans service organizations are:

  • A report on post-traumatic growth training.
  • A report on the VA’s end-of-life care programs.
  • Requiring the VA and Department of Defense to examine the impact of rare cancers on veterans.
  • Request the VA dedicate additional services to neuromuscular junction research.
  • Request a report from the VA on how it is addressing the opioid epidemic among veterans.

The fiscal 2019 bill provides $96.9 billion, an increase of $4 billion from the FY 2018 spending bill. Included is $2.9 billion for Veterans Benefits Administration, $1.8 billion to address veteran homelessness, $511 million for women veterans health care and the second installment of $2 billion for VA infrastructure improvements.

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