West Virginia official seeks 2nd nursing home for veterans

Army National Guard Sgt. Kisha Makerney smiles for her photo with Doolittle Raider (ret.) Lt. Col, Dick Cole during a day dedicated to disabled veterans on Nov. 5, 2009. Disabled American Veterans Flight Team coordinated a flight day for wounded warriors and their family. They will be flying in historic military aircraft and experimental acrobatic planes at San Antonio International Airport, Texas. Makerney is a Ft. Townsend, OK native currently assigned to the Warrior Transition Unit at the San Antonio Military Medical Center. Col. Cole and aircrews have come here from across the region to participate in the Randolph Air Force Base Forging the Future Air Show on November 7-8. Cole was Col. Jimmy Doolittle's co-pilot for the WWII Doolittle raid on Tokyo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Lance Cheung)

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) – A West Virginia official wants to build a second nursing home for veterans and hopes to secure funding for it during the next regular legislative session.

The Register-Herald reports the cabinet secretary of the state Department of Veterans Assistance estimates it will cost about $12 million to build the facility in Beckley. Secretary Dennis Davis says the Department of Agriculture has already donated the land. He says he plans to ask Gov. Jim Justice about possible funding before the 2020 legislative session.

The state has one nursing home for veterans in Clarksburg. Authorities said last year that the facility had about $5.5 million in unpaid bills dating as far back as 2013. They said there was no evidence of fraud, and the 120-bed facility had fallen behind on payments.

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