The U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs has identified the Central Nebraska Veterans Home in Kearney as a priority one, ranked 22 in the top 25 projects nationwide.

“This project is a priority to Nebraska, because our veterans deserve a safe and modern home for their service to our country.”

The future, 225-bed long-term care facility for veterans has a $121 million budget. Funded by a federal and state match, the new facility would offer 350 full-time staff positions.

In the new Central Nebraska Veterans Home, resident services include– Long-Term Care, Medically Complex, Dementia, Hospice, and Assisted Living in household style living groups of 12 to 15 members.

Kearney was selected as the new location of the Central Nebraska Veterans Home after an open process with four cities submitting proposals to replace the current 126-year-old veterans’ home in Grand Island. The new home would be designed to meet the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Community Living Communities standards.