Veterans Home Sign Mix Up Sparks Quick Response from Grand Island Mayor


Wednesday morning, new signs were placed at the Grand Island Veterans Home, but before they could spark controversy, the signs were taken down.

Mayor Jay Vavricek heard about the signs that read "Central Nebraska Veterans Home" early Wednesday morning. He was so upset by the signs that he called Gov. Dave Heineman to discuss the matter.

The sign company took the blame for the incident. General manager Todd Carey, of ASI Sign Innovations in Omaha, says a wrong version of the signs was approved by the project manager.

"You can call it whatever you want to but nonetheless anyone within our community and the surrounding area -- It's not something that can be changed overnight without raising feathers and infuriating so many different people, so glad to see the state rectified this and we're moving forward," Vavricek said.

The facility will be known as the Central Nebraska Veterans Home when it makes the move to Kearney in a few years, but until then the mayor wants the name to remain the way it is -- The Grand Island Veterans Home.

Vavricek says there must have been other calls before his because the signs were removed right away. He also said the governor was understanding about the matter.