Representatives of Tina Smith were on hand at American Legion Post 59 in Montevideo on Monday in an open style meeting to listen to local veterans voice their support of the proposed Veterans Home, as well as express their concerns about other issues they are facing.

Representatives of Tina Smith were on hand at American Legion Post 59 in Montevideo on Monday in an open style meeting to listen to local veterans voice their support of the proposed Veterans Home, as well as express their concerns about other issues they are facing.

The meeting was well attended by over 100 veterans, and many offered up personal experiences of their interactions with the VA. One veteran cited the extreme distances in­volved in trav­el­ing to the nearest vets home and the hardship that creates not only for the veterans, but their families as well.

At the end of the meeting, Montevideo American Legion Commander Marvin Garbe had a special announcement for those in attendance. Shortly before the meeting began, Garbe received a call from Rep. Tim Miller, R-Prinsburg. Miller told Garbe that an announcement was set to be made yesterday (Wednesday) morning on the inclusion of the Montevideo Veterans Home in the state bonding bill.

Garbe told the audience, “It appears that they are going to bond for all three home,” which brought a round of applause from those in attendance. The other two proposed homes are to be located in Bemidji and Preston.

Miller requested that a group of veterans come down to the capitol yesterday to attend a hearing before the Senate Capitol Investment Committee. The results of this hearing were unavailable at press time.

Before the meeting adjourned, Garbe urged everyone in attendance to continue writing letters to their representatives in support of the Veterans Home. The public is also encouraged to write letters as well.

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