|Congressman Faleomavaega announced today the recent
opening of the Veterans Affairs Spark M. Matsunaga Medical and Regional
Office Center (VAMROC) and dedication of its new Ambulatory Care Center
and Administration and Regional Office Building at the grounds of the Tripler
Army Medical Center on Wednesday, May 31.
“This is a new, first-class facility which is now available to our
veterans,” said Faleomavaega, “and I am getting the word out to as many
of our vets as possible that these services are available. I regret
I was unable to attend the opening ceremonies, but I hope to visit the
center in the near future, to lend my support to their outreach efforts.”
Approximately 92,300 square feet, the Ambulatory Care Center is
devoted to Clinical Outpatient Services for the veteran population, including:
dental, mental health, pharmacy, radiology, women’s health, laboratory,
eye clinic, and prosthetics and sensory aids. The Center also unveils digital
x-ray equipment and the only automated medicine dispenser in Hawaii.
After major renovations, the four-story E-Wing building or the Administration
and Regional Office Building houses the administrative offices for the
Department of Veterans Affairs, including the Veterans Health Administration
(VHA) and the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) offices.
The VBA offices include a Veterans Service Center that provides
benefits counseling and adjudication, vocational rehabilitation and employment,
and loan guaranty.
Last, VAMROC houses a five-level parking structure, which can accommodate
over 600 vehicles. This signifies the completion of the $64 million
VAMROC project that began in 1997. Named after the former U.S. Senator
from Hawaii who passed away in 1990, Senator Matsunaga worked for many
years to bring a facility of this type to Hawaii.
The vision for VAMROC Honolulu is to be the preferred VA model for
the 21st century, successfully serving the needs of Pacific veterans. Commensurate
with their dedicated military service and sacrifices for our country, the
Pacific veterans will now be able to enjoy first class facilities along
with continued high quality service and state of the art facilities and
Veterans in American Samoa wishing to take advantage of these facilities
should contact ASG’s VA liaison, Mr. Johnny Mapu at 633-4206 for more information.