WebXtra: Veterans looking forward to new home

By Courtney Lane - bio | email

SMITH COUNTY TX (KLTV) - It is some promising news for veterans. 20 acres of woods is soon going to be the construction site for a new Texas Veterans Home.

U.T. Health Science Center is donating the land and it's being built in part with a $12 million grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

We obtained some blueprints of what the facility will look like. It's designed with a cluster of 10 cottages or units, each one containing 10 private rooms, and communal dining.

Dr. Kirk Calhoun, President of U.T. Health Science Center says it'll create a home-like and comforting setting.

"Large screened-in porches, walking areas and trails for those who are residing there and just a very country-like environment."

Veterans like Pat Musslewhite say it couldn't come soon enough. He says many local vets have to move off because of the lack of care here.

"We've lost of lot of members up here just in the last 5 years," said Musslewhite. "I couldn't even begin to count the members that we have lost. They have to move off. We've had some move up to Paris, Oklahoma."

Dr. Calhoun says the home should be completed in late 2011, housing more than 100 veterans and creating about 100 new health care jobs as well.

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