Facility would be accessible to 20,000 veterans
FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 10, 2014) — Kentucky has three veterans’ long term care facilities, another under construction in Radcliff, and some would like to see a fifth veterans’ nursing home in Bowling Green, state lawmakers learned today in Frankfort.
The envisioned Bowling Green facility, which has yet to be approved, would be accessible to 20,000 veterans living in the Bowling Green and Barren River areas, and several thousand additional veterans in surrounding counties, Dr. Ray Biggerstaff, CPT (RET) 101st Airborne, Vietnam, told the Interim Joint Committee on Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection. “Our congressmen have told us that if we get the approval from the state Legislature that they will do everything they can to see that we get on the list for the (federal) register,” said Biggerstaff.
The Radcliff Veterans Center, now under construction, will have 120 long-term care beds open by fall 2015, according to the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs’ web site. Other facilities are located in Wilmore (285-beds), Hazard (120-beds), and Hanson (156-beds).