WASHINGTON, DC (KSWO) –Oklahoma's military installations will see money coming their way after the Appropriations Committee passed the Military Construction and Veterans Affair Appropriations Wednesday.
Congressman Tom Cole, R-Okla, who is a member of the House Appropriations Committee, is pleased with the legislation's passing.
"I am proud that the Appropriations Committee is wasting no time in considering legislation to fund the vital tools and resources for our active-duty service members, veterans and their families," Cole said.
The legislation includes $76.7 million for military construction in Oklahoma, including $65 million for the Fourth District that Cole represents. Of that money, $22 million will go toward the National Guard Readiness Center in Ardmore, $17 million will go toward a KC-46A tanker depot system integration lab and $26 million for the E-3G mission and flight simulator at Tinker Air Force Base. Altus Air Force Base will get $11.6 million for the second phase of the KC-46A tanker simulator's construction.
"The legislation advanced out of committee reflects the bipartisan commitment to providing first-rate tools, resources and care to our brave individuals from the moment they commit to serve onward, including funding to implement solutions that ensure our veterans receive care in a timely manner. I am particularly pleased that the legislation invests in the military installations located across the state of Oklahoma."
An additional $260 million will go to the Department of Veterans Affairs to modernize their health records system. Extra funding was also recommended to provide oversight and accountability.
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