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Bills approved in 2015 and signed by Gov. Nixon will provide over $33 million in improvements at state’s veterans’ homes, ensuring continuation of quality care

DPS Director Roberts meets with veterans, discusses projects to be built at Mount Vernon Veterans Home

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Lane Roberts, Dept. of Public Safety Director Lane Roberts, Dept. of Public Safety Director
MOUNT VERNON, MISSOURI -

Department of Public Safety Director Lane Roberts today toured the state of Missouri’s Mount Vernon Veterans Home, visited and thanked veterans there for their service, and was updated by Missouri Veterans Commission Executive Director Larry Kay on $33 million in improvement projects at Mount Vernon and the state’s six other veterans homes to continue the high quality of care provided to residents.

“Generations of Missouri veterans have selflessly served our nation and the cause of freedom around the world, and they deserve the highest level of care and appreciation each and every day,” Director Roberts said. “The dedicated and caring staff in Mount Vernon – and the six other homes across the state – provides the veterans they serve with tremendous kindness and respect. The $33 million dollars in improvements called for by Gov. Nixon and approved by the General Assembly this year will help ensure that we continue to provide the care our veterans deserve. I thank the veterans for their brave service to our nation and for the sacrifices they made to protect the freedoms we hold dear.”

“Missouri’s veterans and current service members deserve our appreciation and support at all times, including our older veterans who now require skilled care,” Gov. Jay Nixon said. “I thank the legislature for answering my call to support our veterans and military families by ensuring our veterans homes can provide the highest level of care now and for years to come.”

Missouri, home to more than 494,000 military veterans, has veterans’ homes serving almost 1,350 older and disabled veterans in Cameron, Cape Girardeau, Mexico, Mount Vernon, St. James, St. Louis and Warrensburg. In Mount Vernon, home to about 200 veterans, the improvement projects will include more than $2 million in renovations, including to the kitchen, water heating system, plumbing, sprinkler system and boilers. 

In addition, approximately $700,000 has been made available for improvements to state cemeteries for veterans in Jacksonville, St. James and Springfield.

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