Spanberger Statement on U.S. Department of Defense Authorization of Temporary Housing at Fort Pickett in Nottoway County

HENRICO, V.A. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger today released the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Defense’s authorization of Fort Pickett to temporarily house and support Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants, their families, and other at-risk individuals.

“This afternoon, our office received confirmation from the U.S. Department of Defense that Fort Pickett in Nottoway County has been authorized to support the temporary housing of Afghan SIV applicants — who served alongside U.S. servicemembers in Afghanistan — and their families, as well as other at-risk individuals. My office is requesting additional information from administration officials about these plans and how they will impact the Seventh District.

“During this rapidly changing situation, I remain profoundly grateful to the men and women of the Virginia National Guard. Over the past year and a half, these servicemembers have been called to respond to a variety of tense, dangerous, and unprecedented situations — from boosting Virginia’s efforts against COVID-19 to securing the U.S. Capitol. They have never wavered in answering the call, and they continue to tirelessly serve their fellow Americans and our allies during this evacuation operation. While their preparations at Fort Pickett continue, my team is working around the clock to assist American citizens, SIV applicants, and family members of Central Virginians as they evacuate Afghanistan and reach safety. Our office’s efforts will continue for as long as necessary.”

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