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State-of-the-Art Veterans Living Facility Opens in Grand Rapids

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After six years of planning, two years of construction and nearly $65 million, Thursday afternoon the ribbon was cut on the Michigan Veterans Home in Grand Rapids.

Just one of three homes like it in the state, the facility will house veterans in need of assisted living and allow for privacy, independence and support.

While located in Grand Rapids, veterans from across the lower peninsula are eligible to move in.

The first facility on this ground was built 130 years ago and the Department of Military and Veteran Affairs hopes to continue that legacy.

“I am looking forward to the next hundred more years, not that I will see it, but the next hundred plus years this community continues to wrap his arms around veterans and those who served our nation,” said Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, director of the DMVA, “It is a great privilege to this community to have that honor and to have that honor since 1885.”

Seventeen veterans were also employed over the course of construction with the plan to build more of these facilities across the state.