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NLR site selected for new veterans home

By ArkansasOnline

This article was originally published March 4, 2014 at 2:40 p.m. Updated March 4, 2014 at 4:28 p.m.

This Google Maps image shows the location of the new veterans home selected Tuesday.

The director of the state Department of Veterans Affairs has selected North Little Rock as the location for a new state veterans home after the previous home in Little Rock closed in 2012.

Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs Director Cissy Rucker chose a site across from Fort Roots in North Little Rock following recommendations by members of the Arkansas Veterans Commission in January, the department said in a statement Tuesday.

In the commission's Jan. 21 meeting, Commission Chairman Bob Schoenborn said the North Little Rock site was his leading recommendation if the Department of Veterans Affairs could secure the property from the federal government, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette previously reported.

The 52.7-acre tract is currently occupied by the nine-hole Emerald Park Golf Course and leased to the city. Two sites in Jacksonville and one in Searcy were also on the short list of about 20 proposed locations throughout the state.

Federal grant funding was approved Monday, and contractor bidding for the project will begin later this year, according to the news release. It's unclear when construction on the new home will begin.

Read more in Wednesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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Analyst2 says... March 4, 2014 at 3:34 p.m.

That is a beautiful piece of land. How convenient it will be to the VA Hospital there as well. I suppose this will be the end of the golf course, I've played many holes up there. I hope it serves the veterans of this state well, they all deserve the very best.

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salliemae says... March 4, 2014 at 3:43 p.m.

Great about location for the new veterans home to be built. Now that the site has been chosen I hope for the veterans the completion of the new home will not take years... I had a brother whom lived at the old veterans home in which was closed 2012 due to the many problems of the aging building... It was a sad day for the veterans that lived their.. Some had lived at the home 20+++ years... It was the only home they had... I had became acquainted with many of the residents living in the home... I would visit them when I visited my brother... After learning the home was going to be closed many of the veterans cried when I would talk to them... They were afraid where they would live, sad to be separated from the only family they had and wondering if they could adjust to the change... I luved these guys and hope to see them again one day in that new home.. Probably, many have passed away...gone but not forgotten ever...my brother since moving from the home in 2012 has also passed away... Jan. 7, 2013... He missed the home and being among others whom served their country so we could continue to have our freedom...thank you veterans for all
that you have done for the people...I have missed you and hope to see and visit some of you in the new home.. Love you and thank you for my freedom...

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