Sen. MacGregor reacts to VA funding of new Grand Rapids veterans home

Sen. Peter MacGregor

Sen. Peter MacGregor

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Peter MacGregor on Monday applauded an announcement by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which formally authorized funding from its State Veterans Home Construction Grant Program for Michigan to build two new veterans homes in Grand Rapids and southeast Michigan.

“This announcement by the VA is great news, not only for our veterans and the Grand Rapids community, but for all of us who care about the men and women who served our nation in the military,” said MacGregor, R-Rockford. “With this action, Michigan will be able to proceed with plans to construct new, modern long-term care facilities that will be better able to meet the unique needs of our veterans in a home-like setting.”

According to the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, the federal VA authorized up to $123 million for the two projects. The VA program provides up to 65 percent funding for approved projects and has authorized up to $38 million for Grand Rapids and up to $42 million for southeast Michigan. The Legislature previously approved $42 million in state funds for the projects. MVAA said it plans to begin construction in Grand Rapids in September.

MacGregor helped lead the effort in 2016 to develop the plan to modernize and expand Michigan’s state-run veterans homes. After the new Grand Rapids and southeast Michigan facilities are up and running, the plan calls for five additional homes to be built throughout the state to better serve veterans closer to where they reside.

MacGregor also sponsored state law that created the Michigan Veterans Facility Ombudsman, which was established to help identify, investigate and recommend fixes for problems that may arise at the state’s veterans homes, to help ensure veterans receive the quality care they have earned and deserve.

“I am elated that our plans to build new, modern veterans homes will finally be able to proceed,” MacGregor said. “Our veterans have given so much in the service of our country, the least we can do is to make sure they have a great place to call home.”