Vet Home Administrator: "Modern Facility Will Help Serve Veterans Better"

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Nebraska's Governor Dave Heineman is proposing to build a brand new $74-million veterans home for Central Nebraska.
The G.I. veterans home has served members for over 100 years, but with an older facility staff say there are some challenges.

"Old heating system, old air conditioning system so we have seasonal issues," said Administrator Alex Willford.

Willford says an updated facility will help meet more needs.

"It's one of those things where the rooms used to accommodate everyone, but now we have everyone in a wheel chair. We have members that were self care, but now they require lifts," said Willford.

When vets aren't in wood shop or taking advantage of one of the many programs offered, they're sharing rooms.
Something that would change with a new home.

"When you get to the point in your life when you are giving up your home and your independence because of your health the last thing you want to give up is your privacy," said G.I. Veterans Home Activity Manager Nancy Klimek.

Single rooms is one way to serve veterans better according to administrators.

"The state of Nebraska has been committed to the well being of the care of their veterans since 1887. We expect that to continue through the future years, and our future generations of veterans," said Klimek.

The location of the new home is still being explored with surrounding cities putting in bids.

As far as the cost goes Gov. Heineman says the state would pay up to $47 million and the federal government would pay the rest of the $74-million.