Missouri veterans homes are getting a significant boost as a result of new legislation establishing a dedicated source of funding.
Governor Jay Nixon attended a ceremonial bill signing at the St. Louis Veterans Home on Thursday.
Missouri currently has seven nursing homes which serve some 1,300 veterans. The legislation will allocate $32 million to the Missouri Veterans Commission annually, up from just $6.6 million, and will be paid for through per-patron fees paid by casinos.
Anne Garcia’s locker is covered with pictures of her daughter, who she calls her “motivation.” The Air Force veteran has been homeless for four years, but says her life is back on track thanks to the treatment she’s receiving at Jefferson Barracks.
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Psychologist Lennora Brown runs the Domiciliary, an addiction treatment and job training program at Jefferson Barracks. She says the VA was built for men, and recognizes it has to make changes to meet the needs of female veterans.