As Memorial Day passes and we remember those that have lost their lives to protect our country, Freese Johnson is honored to give back to the Veteran community. Helping to bring expanded care to our Veterans, we appreciate the opportunity to work with The Molasky Group, alongside Lyman Davidson Dooley, to deliver the long anticipated Pike County VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC). Kicking off construction this summer, the new project will span 11 acres and includes primary care, mental health and specialty care services.

Celebrating VA History

As our first VA CBOC project, Freese Johnson spent some time exploring the history of Veterans Affairs, and how their health care system evolved over time to become what it is today. Here is some key information we found:

**On March 3, 1865, a month before the Civil War ended, President Abraham Lincoln authorized the first-ever national soldiers’ and sailors’ asylum to provide medical and convalescent care for discharged members of the Union Army and Navy volunteer forces. The asylum was the first of its kind in the world to provide civilian medical care to Veterans of temporary volunteer forces.

Two earlier soldiers’ homes, operated by the U.S. Army and Navy for Veterans of the Regular military forces, were very small and housed only up to 300 men each. The National Homes housed ten of thousands of Veterans. The National Homes were often called “soldiers’ homes” or “military homes.” Initially only Civil War soldiers and sailors who served honorably with the Union forces—including U.S. Colored Troops—were eligible for admittance. The first National Home, now VA’s oldest hospital, opened near Augusta, Maine, on November 1, 1866. They provided medical care and long-term housing for thousands of Civil War Veterans.

Today Veterans Health Administration, the largest of the three administrations that comprise VA, continues to meet Veterans’ changing medical, surgical and quality-of-life needs. New programs provide treatment for traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress, suicide prevention, women Veterans and more. VA has opened outpatient clinics, and established telemedicine and other services to accommodate a diverse Veteran population, and continues to cultivate ongoing medical research and innovation to improve the lives of America’s patriots.

VHA operates one of the largest health care systems in the world and provides training for a majority of America’s medical, nursing and allied health professionals. Roughly 60 percent of all medical residents obtain a portion of their training at VA hospitals; and VA medical research programs benefit society at-large.**

**Information extracted from va.gov.