Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Press: North Idaho Lawmaker Pushing For New Veterans Home in Panhandle

Posted By on Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 9:27 AM

The sponsor of a bill that has passed through both the Idaho House and Senate, and includes a $250,0000 feasibility study, says Idaho needs a new state veterans home and he knows where it ought to go: the Panhandle.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Dover Republican Rep. George Eskridge says the nearest such facility for his constituents is in Lewiston and that there's a waiting list there. Eskridge added that the feasibility study will look at the entire state, but "an obvious location for such a facility is the Panhandle and that's where the momentum is," according to the Press.

Meanwhile Post Falls Mayor Clay Larkin told the Press that he's been actively working on getting a land donation, near the Highway 41 corridor for such a project.

The Idaho Division of Veterans Services operates three veterans homes: in Boise, Lewiston and Pocatello. The largest, in Boise, offers 36 beds in its residential unit, 131 beds in its nursing care unit and 17 beds in its Alzheimer's unit. The Lewiston and Pocatello homes each offer 66 beds.

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