August 09, 2018 05:48 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- Preston’s highly anticipated veterans home is looking for donations through Aug. 24, which will be matched by the federal government two to one.
“It’s going to be a very nice facility, said Don Gildner, veteran and co-chair of the veterans home committee. "I think it’s something the vets in this area deserve."
The plan is for Preston to become home to southeastern Minnesota’s first and only veterans care facility by 2021.
It’s something Preston’s community economic development director, Cathy Enerson, says veterans deserve.
“It’s the right of the veterans that have served in Minnesota, for their per diem, to go to a local home so they can reside the last few years of their life in a local home,” she said.
The hope is to build a 72-bed facility on a 10-acre field just off U.S. Highway 52. But the number of beds depends on donations.
“The overall size of the veterans project in Preston will be affected by the local contributions, and we have until August 24 to bring those local contributions together for what would be a two-to-one federal match,” Enerson said.
“We’ve got about 30 percent of the vets in the southeastern apart and we’d like to see a 72-bed facility to be able to serve them,” Gildner said.
Donations will be accepted after Aug. 24, but only money that comes in before then will be counted when deciding how big the facility can be.
“It affects all of southeast Minnesota – all 15 counties, all the way from Albert Lea, Owatonna, Goodhue, Olmsted County – this home will service all of those veterans,” Enerson said.
You can donate to the veterans home by clicking here.
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