USDA-RD Participates in Veteran’s Center Announcement

Release Date
Jun 10, 2021

                                                                                                                                      $99 thousand grant to assist local veterans
WASHINGTON, N.C., June 10, 2021 –Various federal and state officials joined U.S. Department of Agriculture North Carolina Rural Development in announcing a veteran’s support center in rural North Carolina.
USDA is investing $99 thousand to renovate an existing barn to be used as a community event center for wellness and resilience-building programs for at-risk veterans.
“Rural Development is honored to be part of this project,” said USDA Rural Development Acting State Director Mel Ellis. “Our veterans sacrificed so much of their selves in the service of our county. Places like this will help give them the assistance they need in their post service years.”
The proposed project will provide space to house community events and workshops including woodworking, visual arts and crafts, kinetic courses such as yoga.
The barn will also provide classroom and meeting space for a public health approach to building wellness and resilience as a community prevention strategy for veterans in the local area.
The project is an essential community facility that will continue to provide health wellness and meeting event space for the rural residences of Washington.
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.
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