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      G.I. Leaders Continue to Fight Vets Home Move, Counterproposal

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      Grand Island leaders haven't given upon retaining the state veterans home, still opposing the new facility set to bebuilt in Kearney.

      Grand Island Mayor Jay Vavricek said thatGrand Island leaders are fleshing out their counterproposal to the planapproved by Gov. Dave Heineman. The state plan already has been sent to federalofficials in Washington, where it is currently awaiting funding.

      Grand Island officials said thecounterproposal would cost an estimated $80 million to update and expand thelocal facility, compared with the $121 million needed to build new in Kearney.

      An early version of thecounterproposal was directly sent to the Veterans Affairs Department inWashington. However, VA officials have since said the decision about where tobuild the facility rests with state officials.

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