Funding Is In Addition to $10.5 Million Approved In 2017
Edmonson Voice Staff Report:
Legislation committing $2.5 million in state funds for the design and preconstruction of a proposed Bowling Green Veterans Nursing home was signed into law today. The measure, House Bill 24, was sponsored by Rep. Michael Meredith of Oakland.
"Securing the necessary funding for a veterans nursing home in Bowling Green has been one of my top priorities for several years," Meredith said. "With the signing of this bill into law, aging veterans in our area will finally have a place to call home that is closer to their family and friends. I am proud this important bill made it across the finish line with bipartisan support. Having an adequate place for our aging veterans to receive care is the least we can do for those who sacrificed so much for our freedom."
The funding is in addition to the $10.5 million that was approved by the General Assembly in 2017. The proposed 90-bed facility would be Kentucky's fifth veterans’ nursing home and the first in the South Central Kentucky region.
Meredith's office said this measure is even more critical as additional funding has been allocated to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs by the Trump Administration, which has fast-tracked project approval and construction.
"Passing this measure was important because of additional funding allocated to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs by the Trump Administration and Congress," Meredith added. "With the state appropriation and the commitment of the federal funding, this project should move fairly quickly."
The measure was co-sponsored by every member of the House serving Warren County, including Representatives Steve Sheldon, Steve Riley, Patti Minter, Jason Petrie, and Wilson Stone.