Nixon plans improvements to veterans' services

Jan 27, 2015

One of Missouri's veterans homes, located in Mexico.
Credit Missouri Veterans Commission

  Governor Jay Nixon told a packed room of Missouri veterans that he's working to make sure the state's veterans’ homes will continue to serve their needs.

The governor said he's not only committed to renovating four of the state's existing veterans homes but also wants to secure funds to build a new home for those still looking for care.

"For every veteran receiving quality medical care and services at one of our veterans' homes, there's a veteran on a waiting list because there's not enough space," Nixon said.

Centralia VFW Supporters at Mexico Veterans Home
Credit Missouri Veterans Commission

  Nixon said nearly 2,000 veterans are waiting for space to open up at one of the state homes. According to a press release issued by the governor's office, the estimated cost of a new home is 50 million dollars. Senate Appropriations Chairman Kurt Schaefer said he would need to see a proposal from the governor to know whether that cost is financially feasible.