Hildenbrand veteran care legislation receives final approval

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LANSING, Mich. — Legislation that would create a new Veterans Facility Authority in Michigan received final approval from Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday.

The four-bill package will provide Michigan’s veterans and their dependents with improved access to long-term care and the construction of new state-of-the-art facilities in Grand Rapids and Detroit.

“Our veterans have served our nation valiantly and deserve the best possible care,” said state Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell. “This legislation will modernize the way our veterans homes operate and transform them into facilities that can quickly and easily adapt to the ever-changing nature of long-term care services.”

Senate Bill 1100, the main bill in the package, sponsored by Hildenbrand, is now Public Act 560 of 2016. Work will now continue with the appointment of members to serve on the new authority and proceeding with federal and state approval processes for the new facilities to be built in Grand Rapids and Detroit.

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Photo caption: Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, R-Lowell, was joined by fellow legislators and officials from the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs on Wednesday as Gov. Rick Snyder signed Senate Bill 1100 into law.