The plan for the new Central Nebraska Veterans Home in Kearney is focused on the quality of life our veterans deserve.
The 225-bed campus includes many special features for a home-like, welcoming atmosphere. With state and local funding commitments secured, the Central Nebraska Veterans Home is in strong position for federal funding. See a timeline of our steady progress below.

Funding Milestones


Veterans Home Site

The Central Nebraska Veterans Home site in Kearney offers easy access to staff and family. It is located just 13 minutes north of I-80 and across from the Kearney Regional Airport.

The site of the new home is at 56th Street and Cherry Avenue. Visiting family and staff have convenient access to Interstate 80 and the Kearney Regional Airport. An active duty military community at the National Guard Armory next door looks forward to reaching out to fellow veterans.

Designed for Community

The U.S. Veterans Affairs Community Living Centers’ design calls for smaller residential communities. These units group veterans by their needs for specialty care – long term, medically complex, Medicare, dementia, hospice & assisted living. They also feature:

  • Communities of 10 to 12 veterans
  • Private rooms
  • Shared meals and social time
  • A home-like and personal environment

An early rendering of the 225-bed veterans home. The 330,000-square-foot facility sits on 75 prime acres of land.

Kearney architects, Wilkin Hinrichs Stober are designing the new home. The team brings over 35 years of experience in senior living centers and medical facilities.

Kearney Area Contributes Big

The features provided in the plan for the new veterans home are a
community effort. The City of Kearney, Buffalo County and the
Economic Development Council of Buffalo County have worked
closely together on the many benefits to our veterans. Our community
is proud to offer our veterans many special features for their quality
of life:

Kearney's plan include infrastructure - streets, sewer and water lines.

The view from above. The City of Kearney plan for the new home includes the infrastructure  –  streets, sewer and water.

  • 75 acres of prime land
  • Over $50 million in roads and infrastructure
  • Direct cash assistance for veterans through veteran’s benefit fund
  • Discounted utility rates through 2033
  • $2 million program enhancements: chapel, ceramic and wood
    shops, walking trails, and library
  • Dedicated employee training position
  • One part-time Chamber staff dedicated to home activities

Supporting New Staff

The City of Kearney understands the priorities of the home
administration and how important it is to build a quality staff. That’s why
the plan includes city funding to benefit new and current employees.

Workforce benefits

  • Assistance for relocating employees
  • In-house, on-site training for employees and healthcare students
  • Long-term recruiting fund

Future healthcare professionals can also to take advantage of new
scholarships to attend the University of Nebraska-Kearney,
University of Nebraska Medical Center (Kearney division) and
Central Community College. New and expanding programs at these
colleges provide the specialized workforce the veterans home needs,
while offering students great experience and on-site, clinical training.

See how the community is honoring our fallen veterans with a new memorial.