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Location approved for new veterans home in Cleveland

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CLEVELAND, TN (WRCB) -

The property for a future Veterans Home in Bradley County has been accepted. The site will one day be a home for 108 local veterans. Friday’s ceremony makes Westland Drive the official location for the Bradley County Tennessee State Veteran's Home.

28 acres will eventually transform into a state of the art Veterans Home. It will be a new facility that will include nine separate cottages, with kitchens, fireplaces and a lounge area. “It will be the most progressive facility in the state of Tennessee, if not in the country,” said Executive Director Ed Harries.

A ceremony makes it official. The state promises the site one day will be the future Bradley County Tennessee State Veterans Home. But not until the VA approves additional funding. “We got the base level. We got the 35%. We are just hoping somehow our reps in congress can work and consult to see if we can get that $40 million dollars, because we are ready to build,” said Syd Heidel with the Southeast Tennessee Veterans Home Council.

The Executive Director of Veterans Homes says a facility in Bradley County is a natural fit. He says 13 percent of Bradley County residents are veterans. “The number of veterans who need long term care is immense. For us not to have a Veteran's Home, that's not right,” said Harries.

The men and women who came out to celebrate Friday’s milestone are ready to break ground. “For 2016 this facility is rated 11 in new construction but 66 overall,” said Heidel.

No matter how long it takes they say it will all be worth the wait. “The trust these people have.. you can see it in their eyes. Makes you want to do this, they say take this money and help people like my uncle who got injured in Iraq. Whatever it takes we are going to do it.”

“Our nation's heroes deserve no less than this,” said Harries.

The location will not only accept local Bradley County veterans. It will also welcome veterans throughout South East Tennessee.

There are three other veterans home locations throughout Tennessee; one in Knoxville, Nashville, and Clarksville.

The one in Clarksville opened in January.

If you would like to donate to help with construction cost, contact Joe Davis at (423)-728-7149.

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