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WW II Veteran becomes first resident of new Vet home

An East Texas WW II Veteran has a new place to call home.

Watkins-Logan-Garrison Texas State Veterans Home in Tyler cut the ribbon Tuesday morning.

Willard Kirkpatrick is a 94-year old veteran who served in the Army and fought to protect our country. So for his family and the community, it was important to not just put him in a nursing home, but in a real home.

The difference between this veterans' home and a traditional nursing home is this a small house concept, which means there are only 10 homes with 10 residents inside, giving it that more homey feeling.

"What I want to see is all the old veterans in here. So he has someone to relate to; that's why I moved him here," said Willard Kirkpatrick, Jr., Willard's son.

"I think it's alright, it's nice," said Willard.

"It's not necessarily an old soldiers home, but it's about as homey as any other facility I've ever been in and the way I see everyone is dedicated, it's a great day," said Gerald Holsworth, Navy Veteran.

It was a great day for veterans, and an even better day for Willard.

"He's always made his own way. He's never asked anyone for anything. He's always willing to help you. He was a great dad and a better friend," said Willard, Jr.

The second veteran moved in Tuesday afternoon and another one will move in Wednesday.
The veterans' home will eventually be able to house 100 residents.

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