VA Nursing Home A Possibility For East Texas

East Texas may soon see its first nursing home for veterans.

UT Health Center at Tyler is one of the top two locations being considered. But first, Congress must approve federal funding.

Today, Tyler Representative Louie Gohmert was at the Health Center to discuss that possibility. He says East Texas has a big need for a VA nursing home.

"The comment repeatedly is, I shouldn't have to drive to Houston, I shouldn't have to cross a state line in a great state like Texas to get help," Gohmert, (R) Tyler, said. "And they're right."

UT Health Center says the last time it was a contender for the VA nursing home, the Health Center was not selected, nor was federal funding approved.

Julie Tam, reporting.