A group of local veterans traveled to St. Paul yesterday (Wednesday) to continue the push for a veterans home in Montevideo.

A group of local veterans traveled to St. Paul yesterday (Wednesday) to continue the push for a veterans home in Montevideo. The group was scheduled to meet with Rep. Dean Urdahl, Chair of the House Finance committee in the morning. In the afternoon, the group was scheduled to testify before the House Finance Committee.

At stake is the funding for the veterans home project, which local community leaders and veterans alike have been working to bring to Montevideo for the past 11 years.

The project has had the full backing of Rep. Tim Miller (R) of Prinsburg and Sen. Andrew Lang (R) of Olivia. Both men have been tireless in their efforts  to see the project through to its fruition.

The state currently has funding available for 234 beds; Montevideo is seeking 70 of those beds for its proposed facility. The project is “shovel ready,” as plans are complete and await only funding and a decision from the state.

That being said, even getting the go-ahead from the state does not mean the facility can be built right away. The project would have to be approved by the Veterans Administration, which could take up to an additional two years.

Montevideo American Legion Commander Marvin Garbe is urging not only veterans, but non-veterans alike to write letters to  Capital Investment Chairs Rep. Urdahl and Sen. David Senjem urging them to include the Montevideo Veterans Home Project as part of the committee’s funding requests.

“It is critical to do it now,” said Garbe. “The finance committee will be voting in the next couple of weeks, and we need to let them know how important this is to our veterans.”

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