Construction commencement ceremony for veterans home in Tradition

Three-and-a-half years in the making, elected state officials joined Mississippi Veterans Affairs this afternoon in Biloxi for a construction commencement ceremony for a new $34 million veterans home in Tradition.

The nursing home dedication to veterans will feature 100 beds as well as private bed and bathrooms.

Sixty-five percent of the funding of the brand-new facility was provided by the federal government with the state providing the remaining 35 percent.

Additionally, the home is expected to have a 12 to 14 million dollar economic impact annually for the Coast including providing nearly 200 jobs.

In 20 months, Mississippi Veterans Affairs expects to hold ‘Operation Homecoming’ welcoming its first residents. Governor Tate Reeves said, “We’ll probably never ever be able to fully repay them for what they’ve given us. But one thing I can guarantee you is as long as I’m governor, we’re going to try like hell to do it.”

Mississippi Veterans Affairs Executive Director Stacey Pickering said, “Thirty percent of Mississippi’s veterans live here in Harrison, Hancock, and Jackson counties. Having a nursing home here dedicated just for their unique needs– close to home. They’re not going to have to drive two hours to our closest state veterans home. We now have one closer to their families to keep them connected with one another as we care for them during those advanced stages– advanced illnesses– providing them top state-of-the-art care in those final years of life.”

Pickering says a waitlist for the facility will be open in a few months. He expects the home will be at full capacity on day one.

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