A state-funded study is moving forward which could pave the way toward a new state veterans home built in Idaho's panhandle.
This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that a request for proposals has been launched, funded by $250,000 granted by the Idaho legislature. If all goes as planned, the study should be completed by April 2014 and then submitted to the Veterans Administration in Washington, D.C. The plan is to have an 88-bed veterans home built in or near Post Falls.
Veterans officials say they are an estimated 18,000 vets in Kootenai County alone, with the nearest vet home in Lewiston and others in Boise and Pocatello.
It's estimated that a land purchase and construction for a new home in Post Falls could cost as much as $20 million.