The Walla Walla State Veterans Home project has cleared its final procedural hurdle, allowing ground to be broken July 1, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., announced Friday.
The home will open with space for 80 veterans from 10 counties next year. It will employ 100 Walla Walla-area residents to help provide skilled nursing care to veterans.
The land transfer for the home was approved in February but the official land transfer from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs occurred this week. Murray secured $23 million in federal funding in 2014 to move the project forward.
“This facility is badly needed in Southeast Washington to help fulfill the promise we have made as a nation to care for veterans,” Murray said in a statement.
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Washington already has state veterans homes in Spokane, Kitsap County and Pierce County. The new home serving southeastern Washington will be built on the grounds of the Jonathan M. Wainwright VA Medical Center in Walla Walla.