KEARNEY — The Nebraska Veterans Home Board is in firm support of the Central Nebraska Veterans Home being moved to Kearney, the board’s chairman said.
The group of 14 veterans representing seven state and federal veterans organizations met Aug. 8 in Scottsbluff for its quarterly meeting. The group voted to support a resolution introduced by Nebraska Veterans of Foreign Wars to support the procedures and process that resulted in Kearney as the home’s new location.
“It was discussed and voted for unanimously that the process was right and done properly, and we should all be in support of it,” chairman Jim Cada of Lincoln said Thursday.
Cada said members of the group felt the bidding process gave each of the four communities that submitted proposals a fair shot. The cities are Kearney, Hastings, Grand Island and North Platte.
Grand Island, where the VA home has been for 126 years, is challenging the validity of Kearney’s selection.
The board is made up of representatives from the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of America, AmVets, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Paralyzed Veterans of Nebraska and Disabled American Veterans.
Cada said he and the other Veterans Board members don’t see any signs of foul play and called the process well thought-out, open and inclusive. He hopes communities can get past the infighting and work together to do what is best for Nebraska veterans.