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Metro in need of another veteran home

Posted at 5:39 PM, Mar 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-15 18:39:16-04

The number of veterans in Nebraska is growing along with their needs.

"Now we are starting to see with the increase of baby boomers, Vietnam Veterans are in need of services," said Brian Zuger.

In Sarpy County, there are now more than 17 thousand veterans.

County Commissioner Brian Zuger says one veteran home is just not enough.

"Sarpy County needs to be considered for that, as the county continues to grow we are the fastest growing county in the state," said Zuger.

"That would be that many more veterans we are taking care of," said Ned Mullen.

Army Veteran Ned Mullen says there's more the metro can do to house its veterans.

"I don't think you can ever do too much for veterans, knowing there's a waiting list, if you can accomplish getting another one that would be a good idea," said Mullen.

Zuger says the Eastern Nebraska Veterans home in Bellevue services about 137 veterans but there's still more than 250 veterans on the waiting list.

"Not necessarily deteriorating conditions, but deteriorating abilities to provide services," said Zuger.

Weighing heavily on one facility.

"Veterans are being moved to out-state Nebraska where there is room and it's taking away from their families," said Zuger.

Taking care of one need but taking away from another.

"Veterans are being care for, but if they need state assistance we want to know they are being care for close to their home," said Zuger.