ST. AUGUSTINE, Florida (AP) – Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants money to start planning to build the state’s eighth and ninth nursing homes for veterans.
Scott announced Monday that he is asking for $7.4 million from state legislators. Scott wants the money to help build a recently-approved home in St. Lucie County as well as two additional homes.
“Florida is the most military friendly state in the nation and as a Navy veteran, it is incredibly important that we do all we can to help our veterans and their families,” Scott said. “My father was a member of the 82nd Airborne and we will never forget the selfless sacrifice all of our veterans have made to ensure we have the opportunity to live the American Dream. I am proud that we are going to continue to support our heroes by adding new nursing homes and we will keep working each day to ensure all of our veterans have a great quality of life in Florida.”
Groundbreaking on the nursing home in St. Lucie County is scheduled to begin later this year. No sites have been chosen for the next two.
Florida currently has six existing nursing homes for veterans. There are more than 700,000 veterans in Florida who are 65 or older.
Scott’s request will be part of his formal budget recommendations to the Florida Legislature. Scott is expected to release his entire budget proposal later this week.
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