GI Officials Working to Keep Veterans Home

There's a proposal on the table to build a brand new veterans home, but here's the catch other Central Nebraska cities want the new facility.

That's why many officials are working to keep it in Grand Island.
The veterans home in Grand Island has been a staple in the community for over 100 years..

"We've stood by a promise for 125 years. We also know the challenge of the future we are going to go ahead and make a strong proposal so we can retain services of the Grand Island Veterans Home with a new facility," said Grand Island Mayor Jay Vavricek.

One of the first messages the city is sending is naming a portion of Capital Avenue Veterans Memorial Avenue.

"This is a continual message that we want to continue to honor those who have served and sacrificed with a new facility in Grand Island," said Vavricek.

In January Governor Heineman proposed building a new veterans home.

The hospital and other facilities would stay in Grand Isand though.
Heineman said Central Nebraska communities will have a chance to bid on the new veterans home to keep the state's cost down.

The communities will put together incentive packages to lure the new veterans home to their city to defray the state's cost of construction.

"We want to retain it we want to maintain it and do everything we can to show the state of Nebraska we are the best place to care for veterans now and into the future," said Hall County Board of Supervisor Pam Lancaster.

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