Groundbreaking Held for Jones & Cabacoy Veterans Care Center

State’s Newest Veterans Center to be located within Virginia Beach’s Bio Corridor

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Governor Terry McAuliffe and Mayor William D. Sessoms, Jr. led city and military veteran leaders in a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Jones & Cabacoy Veterans Care Center in Virginia Beach today. The 128-bed state-of-the-art facility will be built in Virginia Beach's bio health corridor on a 26-acre site near the intersection of Nimmo Parkway and West Neck Road, on land which was donated by the City of Virginia Beach, at no cost to the state.

"The Jones & Cabacoy Veterans Care Center is one of the new centers that will serve those who've bravely worn our nation's uniform," said Governor McAuliffe. "As governor, I promised to make Virginia the most veteran-friendly state in the nation and, thanks to the hard work of my team and our many partners, I'm proud to say we've kept that promise today."

The center will join other existing partner organizations that are part of the VABeachBio initiative, which aims to attract biomedical and healthcare businesses to Virginia Beach and to create jobs. Virginia Beach's bio corridor, in the Princess Anne Commons area of the city, is already home to a number of regional partners, including LifeNet Health's world headquarters and Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Operation Smile's world headquarters, Sentara Princess Anne Hospital and two facilities operated by Children's Hospital of The Kings Daughters.

"We are proud to be the home of this modern facility that will provide essential healthcare and rehabilitative services to veterans in our community, and we're honored to welcome the center to the city's bio corridor," said Mayor William D. Sessoms, Jr. "It is a privilege to be a part of this service to military members who have sacrificed so much to serve our country." 

"The Veterans Care Center will be located within Virginia Beach's bio corridor which is the leading destination for biomedical, healthcare and life sciences companies," said Virginia Beach Economic Development Director Warren D. Harris. "Having the center situated among these biomedical resources will be a benefit to the care of our veterans."

The center will feature an on-site laboratory, x-rays, physical therapy and other ancillary healthcare services including Alzheimer's/dementia care and short-term rehabilitative services. Military veterans treated at the facility will have all private rooms that will be organized into households surrounding a central community center.

The Jones & Cabacoy Veterans Care Center is named in honor of two war heroes. Colonel William A. Jones III was a Norfolk-born air commando who was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1970 by President Nixon for fearlessly risking his own life to save the life of another officer in Vietnam. Sergeant Christopher F. Cabacoy was a Virginia Beach native who died in 2010 while serving in Kandahar, Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.

Construction is expected to be completed in early 2020.

The mission of the Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development is to attract and retain national and international businesses to stimulate capital investment and create jobs. Virginia Beach is the most populous city in Virginia with a population of 450,000, and it is the 37th largest in the United States. The Department of Economic Development received re-accreditation through the International Economic Development Council in 2016 and is one of only 50 economic development organizations in the world to have this recognition. Most recently, Virginia Beach was named America's #1 best big city to live in by For more information, visit

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