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Feds give $21 million for Phase 2 of Minnesota Veterans Home upgrade

Construction on another 100-bed skilled-nursing facility in Minneapolis will start in the spring.

The Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington will spend $21 million  to help build a 100-bed skilled-nursing facility at the Minnesota Veterans Home.

Work on the project — which is Phase 2 of a major update of the Veterans Home in Minneapolis — will start in the spring.

The first phase of the project, a new skilled-nursing facility and an adult day center, was completed in August. A third phase will add even more modern care facilities.

Announcing the federal award, Sen. Al Franken said:

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“Our veterans have earned the best care we can provide them, and we need to make sure our Minnesota Veterans Homes are first-class facilities,” said Sen. Franken. “This funding will help the Veterans Home in Minneapolis expand its skilled nursing facility, providing hands-on care for veterans who need and deserve it.”

Congressman Keith Ellison, who represents Minneapolis where the home is located, said:

“We don’t have enough highly skilled nursing facilities, such as the Minnesota Veterans Home, that care for soldiers who have catastrophic injuries and will need care for decades.  I’m pleased this grant will enable the Minnesota Veterans Home to serve more of our deserving heroes.”