PHOENIX â€“ Governor Jan Brewer today announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hasÂ designated the Arizona State Veteran Home in Tucson an officially-sanctioned State Veteran Home.
With the federal recognition, the new facility will begin collecting from the VA about $390 per resident in federal per diem, enabling the State to fill the remainder of the State Veteran Homeâ€™s 120 beds. The federal funds are used to meet the needs of the facilityâ€™s residents.
â€œThis is a wonderful day for Arizonaâ€™s veterans,â€ said Governor Brewer. â€œThe federal governmentâ€™s approval and recognition of the State Veteran Home will assist us in our ongoing mission to provide highquality care and services to our veterans in the twilight of their lives. These men and women served our country nobly and are most worthy of this fine facility.â€
The new, 130,000-square-foot Arizona State Veteran Home, located at the Tucson Veteranâ€™s Services Hospital, was dedicated by Governor Brewer and the Arizona Department of Veteransâ€™ Services (AZDVS) on Veterans Day 2011. The facility provides its occupants with high-level long-term care in a home-like environment. Specialized care will be available, including a wing for Veterans with Alzheimerâ€™s.
A seven-member team from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs spent three days this week inspecting everything from the State Veteran Homeâ€™s engineering plant to resident care procedures and the overall facility environment in order to ensure it meets the high standards required to be officially sanctioned.
On Thursday, the VA informed the State of Arizona that the facility had passed the inspection.
â€œThis is a long-awaited major step in providing support to our Southern Arizona veterans,â€ said Joey Strickland, Director of the Arizona Department of Veteransâ€™ Services. â€œWe are honored to serve those heroes who will make the State Veteran Home their home.â€
There are approximately 600,000 veterans living in Arizona, including more than 100,000 in Metro Tucson. The State Veteran Home in Tucson is the second such facility run by the State, joining an existing institution built in Phoenix in 1995.