Veterans move into the Central Nebraska Veterans' Home


    Veterans move into the Central Nebraska Veterans' Home

    Veterans made the big move on Wednesday as they left Grand Island to move into the Central Nebraska Veterans' Home (CNVH) in Kearney.

    Buses started arriving at 10:15 a.m., with the final bus unloading the last few veterans just after 12:30 p.m.

    Veterans told NTV News it was a happy day as they made their move to Kearney.

    "It went very well. It was very fast and very nice," said a veterans' home resident Thom Crash.

    Thom Crash arrived to CNVH with most of his room set up.

    (Related: End of an era: Veterans say goodbye to Grand Island)

    “It’s bigger, it’s nicer, of course, it’s new. It’s got a bathroom attached to it. That’s wonderful and it’s just nicer," said Crash.

    Another veteran said he's most excited to have his own space.

    “I don’t have a roommate anymore. I had a roommate back in Grand Island so I’m by myself. I don’t know how that’s going to go," said another resident Clint Smith.

    92 veterans made the move in 20 buses. They were welcomed home by community members, officials, family and friends.

    “It was amazing. That was nice. It really was nice but it wasn’t necessary," said Crash.

    “In the intersections you had police officers get out and salute the veterans, they saw that. It was very moving to the people on the bus. Then as we approached the facility, we had the legion riders out and so forth with all of the American flags. They came in with all of the applause and the Kearney high band welcoming them. What an outpouring of support. What a welcome," said the director of the Nebraska Department of Veterans' Affairs John Hilgert.

    Governor Pete Ricketts was right at the front being the first to invite each person on the first bus inside.

    “We’re very excited to be able to move the vets to the new Central Nebraska Veterans’ Home because it is a state of the art facility. The city of Kearney has gone over and above the funds that we had to be able to make it a nice place, you know things like the chapel and the stained glass there. Our veterans are going to be well taken care of and this is a great way to say thank you to the men and women who were willing to sacrifice their lives to protect our freedoms," said Governor Ricketts.

    “The city and the community here in Kearney should be proud. I want to say thank you," said Hilgert.

    The director of the Nebraska Department of Veterans' Affairs says there is still so much to look forward to with the new home. He said they will continue to add members and staff in every month.

    Many viewers showed concern regarding the section at the new veterans' home for those vets with Alzheimer's not being completed.

    The director of the Nebraska Department of Veterans' Affairs says that's not the case. He said all veterans' who have moved into the home are living in a completed area.

    “There are 225 beds, 92 members. There is one unit where we’ve had a lower priority but we’re not going to fill that up for quite a while," said Hilgert.

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