Grand Island still best site for veterans home PDF E-mail

Dear Editor:
“What price did you pay for your freedom?” A question asked by some.

“There is a debt that can never be fully repaid to our veterans.” A statement made by many.

We all owe a form of payment to those who have served our country. That payment is made in many different ways and amounts. Some do it monetarily, others with support and volunteerism. Grand Island has a proven track record of all of the above as witnessed by providing care for our veterans at the Grand Island Veterans Home for over 126 years.

The claim Grand Island has in caring for and supporting veterans cannot be denied, nor should it be overlooked. Grand Island has a right to be extremely proud of its heritage and willingness to stand tall for those who have served.

The GI Home for our Heroes Committee presented a very detailed proposal to the “Site Selection Committee” justifying that a new veterans home be built in Grand Island. The work that was involved was very comprehensive and reviewed thoroughly prior to its submission. We have 126 years of experience that no other community can attest to in caring for our veterans and their family members, who have resided at the Grand Island Veterans Home.

The volunteerism and community support in caring for veterans in a veterans home setting is unmatched by others that were involved in seeking to be the site for a new facility. Grand Island has a proven history of being a very strong advocate for veterans and I believe that commitment in advocating for veterans will continue for the next 126 years and beyond.

There has been much said and printed regarding the decision to move the Grand Island Veterans Home to another community. If you believe, as I do, that the proper site for a new veterans home is Grand Island, Neb., then we must make our state leaders aware of those beliefs. The Nebraska state legislators need to hear from each of us, now, as a new legislative session is fast approaching. We should also let Washington hear our voices, loud and clear! There is a very real possibility of retaining the veterans home in Grand Island, so let youvoice be heard.

Donald L. Shuda
Veterans service officer
Hall/Howard/Nancy/Sherman County

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