Sunday, November 16, 2003

Ohio dedicates second state home for veterans



By Marie McCain
The Cincinnati Enquirer

GEORGETOWN - A veterans' home - the second such home built in Ohio in more than 100 years - was dedicated Saturday in this Brown County community.

The Ohio Veterans Home in Georgetown will house 168 vets. It already had a waiting list of more than 100 a year ago.

The new $16 million home will meet the needs of aging veterans who consider the only other state home - the 114-year-old Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky - too far from family.

About 280,000 of Ohio's veterans live within 50 miles of the Georgetown site, which sits on 35 acres surrounded by woods.

The Georgetown home will spread across 99,000 square feet in a two-story brick building complete with a dining and activities room, physical therapy room, chapel, courtyard and picnic area.

Construction began in 2001 and was completed earlier this year.

Ohio has a veteran population of 1.2 million and growing. The current wait for admission to the Sandusky home takes about a year, officials said.

The new facility will also offer standard intermediate nursing care and care of Alzheimer's patients.

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The Associated Press contributed.

E-mail mmccain@enquirer.com




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