Money to build a state veterans home in Bradley County has come through after years of work by local supporters.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has turned over $26 million to the state to build the home, Gov, Bill Haslam said in a joint release with Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Tennessee State Veterans Home Executive Director Ed Harries .
"This project is a high priority for our state and is aligned with our commitment to serve veterans and their families," Haslam said in the release. "There are more than 33,000 veterans in Bradley and Hamilton counties and we believe this area will be well served by a high quality Tennessee State Veterans Home."
The state has put $10 million into the project, including $3 million in the 2019 budget approved by the Tennessee General Assembly this week. The city of Cleveland and Bradley County each have each donated a bit more than $2 million, and an anonymous donation of $3 million capped local fundraising by the Southeast Tennessee Veterans Home Council.
The veterans home will be built on 28.29 acres of on Westland Drive in Cleveland donated by Robert Wright, Steve Williams, Thomas Williams and American Legion Post 81.
No construction start date has been set, according to the release. Tennesse now has veterans homes in Murfreesboro, Humboldt, Knoxville and Clarksville.