Whitmer helps break ground on new Grand Rapids veterans home

Associated Press
Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Senator Winnie Brinks and Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss help kick up the dirt on the groundbreaking ceremony of the upcoming Grand Rapids Home for Veterans on Friday, May 17, 2019 in Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says a new $49 million Grand Rapids Home for Veterans will be “cutting edge.”

The Grand Rapids Press reports Whitmer joined other dignitaries Friday afternoon to break ground on the home.

The 128-bed residence , expected to open by the end of 2021, will sit adjacent to the existing veterans home and will replace its 355-bed predecessor at an undetermined time.

The new facility will consist of four residential homes and a community center. Another new state veterans home is being built in the Detroit area.

Michigan is revamping how nursing care is provided to veterans, with plans to transition to smaller facilities. The changes follow a state audit that uncovered insufficient care, inadequate staffing levels and other problems at the existing Grand Rapids home.