Long-Delayed State Veterans’ Home to be constructed

Long-Delayed State Veterans’ Home to be constructed

On Wednesday, U. S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., made an announcement that acting U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson has sanctioned $23 million, complete requested amount, for the state-owned veterans' home at the site of the Walla Walla VA Medical Center.

"There are few communities in our entire country that offer more passion and support for our veterans than Walla Walla, and today's announcement is nothing short of historic for the men and women who have served", affirmed Murray.

For more than 10 years now, Murray has put in all the hard work to bring the outpatient clinic in Walla Walla and the veterans' home to get completed. The project is one step closer to its ultimate goal as it has secured $12 million in state funding.

In spring 2015, the construction would start and it will open by summer 2016, affirmed Hedi Audette, spokeswoman for the state Department of Veterans Affairs. The facility having 80 beds will be on the VA campus. There will be a nursing home as well; it will take care of ageing veterans.

The facility will focus on 10-county area. The project will bring 100 jobs. Audette said the facility will have operating cost of $6.8 million for fiscal 2016.

For now, the process with regard to transfer of the land for the veterans' home from the federal government to the state is yet to be completed. But it is said that the process will be done by August.

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