Don't move vets home

The letter by the employee at the veterans home in Grand Island brought many thoughts to mind (Voice of the People, Oct. 29).

First, the statement that they are working in the home of veterans is true, but to the veterans, they are family. The loving care given to these men and women is like having family care for them.

So, in a move, the veterans will not just be losing a home, but many family members.

I also agree that no government or committee member had any discussion with the veterans or their families in this decision of moving the home.

Moving the home to an industrial park close to an airport is also a big disappointment. Think of veterans with PTSD listening to planes, day and night.

The beautiful landscaped campus of the veterans home is enjoyed by many of the veterans who can be outside on nice days. How many years before the landscaping at the new home will be ready? Think how long it takes for a tree to grow and, being close to an airport, what about the birds they would attract?

As a wife of a veteran currently in the home, I was very disappointed in the decision made by the governor and his committee without input from the families involved.

Hopefully, the federal government will make the decision to remodel the current home and save money and keep the tradition of the home for our veterans in Grand Island.

Marian Heeren

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