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Cape Girardeau Missouri Veterans Home To Upgrade Facility With $8 Million Grant

Lindsey Grojean/KRCU

The Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau is one of three in the state to receive a generous grant from the Missouri Veterans Commission. Governor Eric Greitens announced the secured $25 million in funding yesterday, which is intended to be used for ongoing construction projects. The grant money has been included in this year’s U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs State Home Priority Construction Grant List. Cape Girardeau received $8,703,163.21 for its facility.

In a press release, Governor Greitens explained that the additional funding will help to make Missouri the “best state in the country for veterans.”

“We’ve been working to improve our Veterans Homes, because the Missourians in our care have served and sacrificed for all of us, and they deserve the highest quality of care,” said Greitens.

Mindi Pruitt, Missouri Veterans Home administrator, says they’re excited about completing renovation projects for the Cape Girardeau facility.  

“Our facility opened in 1990, and some of the items are original from the day it opened,” says Pruitt. “And, some of them are reaching their life expectancy.”

She says the grant will give the facility a chance to replace items that they have worked hard to maintain over many years. Projects include upgrading various equipment and rooms, adding new flooring, renovating the kitchen, taking a chance to modernize the home, and much more. The construction process should take up to two years to be completed.