Central Nebraska vets move into new home

It was a big move for some veterans Wednesday.

Ninety-two veterans made the move in 20 buses coming from a V.A. home that had been in Grand Island for 130 years.

They moved into the Central Nebraska Veterans’ Home in Kearney.

It’s a state–of–the–art building and the vets are already enjoying their new rooms.

“It’s bigger,” Thom Crash said.  “It’s nicer, of course, it’s new.  But it’s got a bathroom attached to it.  That’s wonderful and it’s just nicer.”

They had quite the welcome too.  Gov. Ricketts was there inviting them inside the new building, which has 225 units.

They also received an outpouring of support from community members, family and friends.

“In the intersections you had police officers who’d stop their cars and get out and salute the veterans,” Nebraska Department of Veterans’ Affairs Director John Hilgert said.  “Then as you approached the facility, we had the legion riders out and so forth with all of the American flags.  And then when they came in with all of the applause and the Kearney High band welcoming them.”

Hilgert said there is still so much to look forward to with the new home and said they will continue to add members and staff in every month.

The move, of course, also took jobs away from Grand Island, but city leaders said they’ll bounce back.

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