Veterans share thoughts on possibility of new veterans home

3 years 11 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, April 30 2015 Apr 30, 2015 Thursday, April 30, 2015 7:16:00 PM CDT April 30, 2015 in News
By: Arianna Poindexter, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

MEXICO - A plan to use up to $50 million in bonds to build a new veterans home in the state made some veterans in Mexico very happy Thursday. 

The Missouri House gave initial approval Wednesday to a measure that would send voters a constitutional amendment to approve new bonds to pay for construction of a new veterans home. 

Jack Beemer, a veteran who served in the South Pacific and Japan along with his two buddies, Bill Ehrlich and Raymond Smith, also Veterans, sat around the table at the Mexico Missouri Veterans Home and gave their input on what this would mean for the state. 

"I think we need it real bad," Beemer said. "Because there's such a waiting list, and they'll have a better chance to get in."

Elrich agrees the waiting list is a huge issue veterans deal with.

"We've got a waiting list, and it's going to get worse," Elrich said. "Down the road we've got more of these Vietnam veterans coming in. There weren't too many of these Korean Veterans but see we're coming in and disappearing, so we've got the kids coming in now."

Brenda Ezell, the administrator at the Mexico Veterans Home, said she thinks this will be beneficial in more ways than not.

"It would be fabulous for the veterans waiting," Ezell said. "There are so many on that list waiting for a bed in a skilled facility that they want to go to, and what a blessing that would be for them to have another site that would just decrease their months of waiting to get in."

There are currently seven veterans homes in the state of Missouri. 1,900 veterans are on a waiting list in the state, and 259 veterans are on the waiting list for the Mexico location. The veterans homes are designed specifically for people who are in need of 24 hour skilled nursing care. 

Ezell said one major benefit is the cost difference between staying in a veterans home and a private facility.

"It's much cheaper to stay in a veterans home, " Ezell said.

There is no set location for the possible new veterans home; however, the bill's sponsor, Rep. Lindell Shumake (R-Hannibal) said the Missouri Veteran's Commission will help decide where it would be located. 

The measure faces another House vote before heading to the Senate. 

 

 

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - A man accused in the 2017 death of Leon Wilder in Audrain County pleaded guilty Monday ahead of... More >>
1 day ago Monday, April 22 2019 Apr 22, 2019 Monday, April 22, 2019 12:01:37 PM CDT April 22, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Police responded to a report of shots fired on Boyd Lane late Sunday night. The Columbia Police... More >>
2 days ago Monday, April 22 2019 Apr 22, 2019 Monday, April 22, 2019 12:08:00 AM CDT April 22, 2019 in News
MOBERLY - Officers arrested a Moberly man for allegedly stabbing someone Sunday. Moberly police said officers found a man... More >>
2 days ago Sunday, April 21 2019 Apr 21, 2019 Sunday, April 21, 2019 8:05:00 PM CDT April 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia police said the right lane of U.S. 63 northbound n ear t he Broadway exit was shut... More >>
2 days ago Sunday, April 21 2019 Apr 21, 2019 Sunday, April 21, 2019 5:17:00 PM CDT April 21, 2019 in News
(CNN) -- At least 207 people were killed and hundreds more wounded in a series of bomb blasts that hit... More >>
2 days ago Sunday, April 21 2019 Apr 21, 2019 Sunday, April 21, 2019 1:18:00 PM CDT April 21, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY — Authorities say officers responded to a brawl involving up to 300 teenagers at the Worlds of Fun... More >>
2 days ago Sunday, April 21 2019 Apr 21, 2019 Sunday, April 21, 2019 12:39:00 PM CDT April 21, 2019 in News
WINONA — Visitors to a conservation area in southern Missouri could soon have more acreage to explore along the Jacks... More >>
2 days ago Sunday, April 21 2019 Apr 21, 2019 Sunday, April 21, 2019 12:31:00 PM CDT April 21, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY — A Kansas City artist has been selected to create statue of former President Harry Truman for display... More >>
2 days ago Sunday, April 21 2019 Apr 21, 2019 Sunday, April 21, 2019 12:13:00 PM CDT April 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia will host a litter pickup from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Flat Branch Park. ... More >>
2 days ago Sunday, April 21 2019 Apr 21, 2019 Sunday, April 21, 2019 8:28:00 AM CDT April 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A comic convention brought comic fans and beer enthusiasts together for an afternoon of fun Saturday. STL... More >>
3 days ago Saturday, April 20 2019 Apr 20, 2019 Saturday, April 20, 2019 10:54:00 PM CDT April 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Jay Dix's Challenge to Cure 5K and 10K on Saturday raised around $8,000 for the Ellis Fischel... More >>
3 days ago Saturday, April 20 2019 Apr 20, 2019 Saturday, April 20, 2019 10:32:00 PM CDT April 20, 2019 in News
ELDON - A memorial service was held Saturday evening to honor the life of a Miller County Sheriff's deputy who... More >>
3 days ago Saturday, April 20 2019 Apr 20, 2019 Saturday, April 20, 2019 10:15:00 PM CDT April 20, 2019 in News
MOBERLY - Police said a man tried to shoot at his girlfriend Saturday afternoon as she attempted to enter the... More >>
3 days ago Saturday, April 20 2019 Apr 20, 2019 Saturday, April 20, 2019 9:34:00 PM CDT April 20, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — New census data shows that while Missouri's population rose slightly last year compared to 2017, more... More >>
3 days ago Saturday, April 20 2019 Apr 20, 2019 Saturday, April 20, 2019 9:12:00 PM CDT April 20, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Children from the Jefferson City and Columbia area showed off their businesses during the Jefferson City Children's... More >>
3 days ago Saturday, April 20 2019 Apr 20, 2019 Saturday, April 20, 2019 5:17:00 PM CDT April 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Parks and Recreation department held its annual "EGGstravaganza Egg Hunt" at Douglass Parks and Indian Hills... More >>
3 days ago Saturday, April 20 2019 Apr 20, 2019 Saturday, April 20, 2019 3:02:00 PM CDT April 20, 2019 in News
MOBERLY- The Moberly Police Department arrested a man on Friday afternoon after they received information from the FBI in Omaha,... More >>
3 days ago Saturday, April 20 2019 Apr 20, 2019 Saturday, April 20, 2019 10:08:00 AM CDT April 20, 2019 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - A Fulton man will be in jail for the next 25 years after he pleaded guilty Friday... More >>
3 days ago Saturday, April 20 2019 Apr 20, 2019 Saturday, April 20, 2019 8:47:00 AM CDT April 20, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 56°
7am 52°
8am 54°
9am 56°
10am 59°