By Steve White, Grand Island Bureau Chief - bio | email
A new Veterans Home in Kearney makes the list, as a national priority.
It ranks number 22 of 25 across the country. John Hilgert, the head of veterans homes for the state says
he hopes this will bring federal dollars to Kearney to build the 225 bed facility.
In a statement, Hilgert said, "We are pleased to have been notified by the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs that the Central Nebraska Veterans Home project to be located at Kearney has been identified as a priority one top 25 project in the nation. We are hopeful that federal funding will become available in the near future allowing the Central Nebraska Veterans Home project to move forward. This project is a priority to Nebraska, because our veterans deserve a safe and modern home for their service to our country."
The state says Kearney was chosen after an open and thorough
Grand Island leaders have taken issue with that, and had submitted their own proposal.
But this announcement shows the VA has accepted the state's
recommendation to move the home.
NTV will have reaction from Kearney Mayor Stan Clouse Thursday night at ten.