The Missouri Veterans Home in St James is one of 3 in the state that will benefit from a $3.7 million grant for upgrades at the facility.
Governor Eric Greitens made the announcement citing that the Missouri Veterans Commission has secured a total of over $25 million from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs for construction projects at Missouri Veterans Homes. Funding for these projects is included in the VA’s State Home Priority Construction Grant List for 2018.
“We’ve been working to improve our Veterans Homes, because the Missourians in our care have served and sacrificed for all of us, and they deserve the highest quality of care. We’re working to make Missouri the best state in the country for veterans, and this extra funding will help to get that done,” said Governor Greitens.
With this funding, MVC will make significant improvements at the three home-awarded grants. Projects to be completed include the following:
•St. James received one grant of $3,732,081.60. The facility will complete projects that were originally appropriated funding in FY 2014/2015, but were on hold until federal funding became available.Projects include kitchen, flooring, walls, doors, bathrooms, nurse call systems and fire alarms.
• Cape Girardeau received one grant of $8,703,163.21. The funding will pay for an extensive renovation that replaces many components dating to the home’s original construction almost three decades ago. Projects include flooring, HVAC, doors, windows, walls, kitchen, dining areas, nursing units, laundry, nurse call, fire alarm, pavilion and storage.
• St. Louis received two grants totaling $13,103,368.21. The funding will allow MVH-SL to continue its ongoing transformation and address quality of care issues related to the condition of the physical facility.
These grants will accelerate improvements already underway at Missouri Veterans Homes. Construction projects are currently ongoing with exclusively state funds at homes in Cape Girardeau, Mexico, St. Louis, and Warrensburg, according to the governor’s office.