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On Tuesday, January 24, 2012 it was announced that the VA Long Beach Healthcare System will dedicate seven new buildings and officially designate VA’s newest Blind Rehabilitation Center the “Major Charles Robert Soltes Jr., O.D. Department of Veterans Affairs Blind Rehabilitation Center” on Wednesday, morning 25 January.

The 30 month project created over 200,000 sq. ft. of new construction and will be occupied by programs including Pharmacy, Emergency Medicine, Primary Care, Employee Education System, Human Resources, Blind Rehabilitation Center(BRC),and a new Canteen with both an eatery and retail store.

The BRC was named after the first military optometrist to have been killed
during combat operations. Major Soltes,a graduate of Norwich University, was attached to the 426th Civil Affairs Battalion assisting in the restoration
of the medical infrastructure in Iraq when he was killed by an improvised
explosive device. The surviving widow and family, along with VA Under Secretary for Health, Dr. Robert Petzel will be in attendance.

The new space embodies VA Long Beach’s commitment to serve Southern California’s large veterans population.

Event Details:

When: Wednesday January 25, 2012

Where: VA Long Beach Medical Center
5901 E. 7th St
Long Beach, CA, 90822

What: Project 402 Dedication

Time: 10:00 a.m. thru approximately 11:30 a.m.

About the VA:
To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans. For more information visit http://www.va.gov/

Photo credit to: VA Long Beach

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