GI Officials Take a New Vets Home Proposal to D.C.


Hall County is taking its vets home fight directly to Washington D.C., and Gov. Dave Heineman is questioning if Grand Island is trying to play politics with the dollars needed to build a home.

Hall County Board of Supervisors chair Pam Lancaster is calling it a "grass roots movement." She says three veterans came forward and worked to draft a new proposal they've sent directly to Washington D.C.

"The three guys solicited support from folks that would have information on how this plan can go forward," Lancaster explained.

Hall county leaders began to exchange letters with Gov. Heineman after a company put the wrong signage at the vets home in Grand Island. That sign was taken down immediately and the governor says ASI Signing made an error that cost nearly $40,000.

In a letter Heineman sent back to Hall County board members, he wrote: "Finally I'm requesting the following information from you: Has any member of the Hall County Board of Supervisors or the Hall County Veterans Service Office been involved with, aware of, or discussed with Grand Island residents the idea of opposing federal funding for the new Central Nebraska Veterans home?"

Lancaster wrote back to the governor saying she's aware of multiple conversations regarding avenues to retain the Grand Island veterans home.

Don Shuda, Hall County Veterans Service Officer, read the proposal: "Hall county officials go on record on the alternate proposal that includes retention renovations and replacement of certain areas of the facility."

Officials unanimously voted on supporting the alternate proposal they say would save the government money.

Some said they realize there may never be a reversal to the decision to move the vets home out of Grand Island, but they continue to fight.