CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis (WSAU) Wisconsin’s third state-run nursing home for veterans will be dedicated this afternoon in Chippewa Falls. Governor Scott Walker and state Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos will appear at the ceremony. It took a year-and-a-half to build the $20-million facility, which will have more than 70 beds and provide skilled nursing care to veterans their spouses.
It took a while to find a site and get the project going, after lawmakers approved funding in 2003 for a veterans’ facility to serve northwest Wisconsin. The state’s other veterans’ homes are at Union Grove in Racine County, and King in Waupaca County.
For Governor Walker, today’s dedication is one of several stops planned around the state. He’ll also appearances in Schofield, La Crosse, and Superior to hammer home the points he made in Tuesday night’s State-of-the-State address. And tonight, the Republican Walker will speak at an annual chamber-of-commerce meeting at Wisconsin Rapids.