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$33 Million Released to Missouri Veterans Homes

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MOUNT VERNON, MISSOURI -

The state of Missouri releases $33 million in funding for improvements for its seven veteran homes across the state, more than $2 million of which will go toward the Veterans Home in Mount Vernon.

Korean War veteran Bob Stallcup has called the Veterans House in Mount Vernon home for about a year.

Stallcup says "The place here is very nice. I's one of the nicest spots in the state of Missouri. In fact the nicest spot. But improvements, you can always use improvements, things break down you know.”

He's looking forward to the renovations soon to be underway at the facility first built in 2004.

"What we're really doing here is talked about making improvements that keep the homes contemporary, keep them in condition, repair things that are getting older, and provide for some new technologies, just to make them more efficient,” says Missouri Department of Public Safety Director Lane Roberts.

Once the upgrades are complete you won't notice many of them on the surface. But officials say they'll go a long way in improving the quality of life for residents.

"We're using it as a chance to upgrade and bring some equipment up to date, or replace stuff that's kind of gotten worn over the last thirteen years since the facility was  built,” says Missouri Veterans Commission Public Information Officer Daniel Bell.

Upgrades to things like heating, cooling, plumbing, the kitchen and more to make living more comfortable for the home's 200 residents are planned.

Statewide the seven Missouri Veterans Homes house a thousand three hundred and fifty veterans.   

Roberts says "I've seen them all and I can tell you with a clear conscience they're all wonderful. The staff is wonderful. The people who live here would certainly like to be in better health. But if you have to look to some care this is the place to do it. Because when you say Veterans Home in Missouri, the emphasis is on home."  

Stallcup says the additions will make a big difference

"It's not too good to be in the shower and all of a sudden you get a cold shower, you know...things like that wear out and we need to get them put back in."

The new renovations in Mount Vernon are expected to be completed next year in late fall or early winter.

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