Today Governor Phil Bryant was on the Coast to help break ground at a new facility that will benefit our nation’s heroes.
A place to honor Mississippi veterans: that’s the goal of the Mississippi V.A. State Veterans Nursing Home in Biloxi that will be built in Tradition. Governor Phil Bryant said, “Our veterans are coming home. They will be near their families, near their loved ones, near their physicians.”
State officials, including Governor Bryant, broke ground on this 100 bed facility. The facility is expected to be open within the next couple of years. “They have served. They have sacrificed. Many of them have left a portion of their soul on a foreign battle field in the anguish of combat. So, they are returning home and it is their time to enjoy the freedoms that they fought so hard to preserve,” said Gov. Bryant.
Clifton Addison is a Marine veteran. He is glad to see a place where veterans can go that is close to home. “It is going to make it easier because if they stay two hours north of here, their family is not going to see them as much because they will think ‘oh, wow, I have to drive two hours.’ So, now they can go 15-20 minutes and they can see their families.”
Stacy Pickering, the executive director of the Mississippi V.A., tells News 25 this veteran nursing home will also be a huge boost for the economy. It’s expected to bring in 155 employees, totaling in over $5.3 million annually in salaries. “You know, 26 percent of Mississippi’s 189,000 veterans live here in the three coastal counties. It’s our largest population and one of the populations of veterans in the Gulf South. This allows us to better serve them.”
The State Veterans Home at Tradition will be the fifth home for Mississippi’s nearly 190,000 veterans.