New Detroit, Grand Rapids veterans homes carry $108 million price tag

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By Mark Tower

Michigan’s two largest cities are in line for brand new veterans facilities as early as 2019.

While the 120-bed facility in Grand Rapids will replace the aging Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, a similarly-sized facility planned for metro Detroit will be a new addition to the state’s Department of Military and Veteran Affairs long-term care system.

Though the necessary federal funding is not yet approved, the overarching plan received approval at the state level when Gov. Rick Snyder signed a package of bills into law Wednesday, Jan. 11.

Michigan Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell, sponsored Senate Bill 1100, the main piece of the four-bill package.

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