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A JROTC cadet holds a flower to be placed on a veteran's grave during a veterans memorial ceremony at Greenwood Cemetery in Birmingham, Ala., Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. Many veterans are buried in unmarked graves in the cemetery.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs is looking for a location in southeast Alabama to build the state's fifth veterans home.

Al.com says the department sent out requests for site selection proposals Monday. The plan is to build a 182,000-square-foot home to provide skilled nursing care for 150 to 175 veterans. The minimum site requirement is 27 acres.

The department is considering Barbour, Butler, Coffee, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston and Pike counties. These counties can submit proposals by Aug. 15.

The department now has four veterans homes including the Bill Nicholas State Veterans Home in Alexander City, which recently received national recognition for demonstrating its dedication to improving quality care for residents and patients in long term and post-acute care.

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