Grand Island, Neb. -- The chair of the Hall County Board of Supervisors and the Grand Island mayor have sent written replies to Governor Dave Heineman in response to his letter that questioned the community's support of a new Veterans Home.
In the response Pam Lancaster, Hall County Board Chair, writes that the community's support of veterans has not wavered.
"The fact is that we care all too much to allow our Veterans to be placed in a home, in an Industrial site, close to an airport runway, with nowhere to go, without giving it our best effort to rectify a truly poor decision," writes Lancaster.
In his response, Grand Island Mayor Jay Vavricek says he supports federal funding and the revitalization of the current home.
"I, like you, want the best care possible for the members at the Home. Our difference lies in where that care should be provided," writes Vavricek.
Click on the document links to read Lancaster and Vavricek's entire letters.
Governor Heineman has issued a statement to Grand Island leaders who wrote letters responding to his call for them to get behind the Vets Home move to Kearney:
“The State of Nebraska conducted an open and fair bidding process for the location of the new Central Nebraska Veterans Home. As a result of that evaluation process, Kearney was selected as the new location for the Central Nebraska Veterans Home. The scores were: No. 1: Kearney, 1,033; No. 2: Hastings, 977; and No. 3: Grand Island, 889. Governor Heineman supports that decision.” – Jen Rae Wang, Governor’s spokesperson.