October 29, 2013

Veteran’s Home Draws Crowd for Grand Opening

Filed under: Uncategorized — waltblog @ 8:06 am

REDDING -Veterans’ organizations and hundreds of people attended the grand opening of the north state’s new Cal Vet Veterans Home last Friday.
Dignitaries included former State Senator Maurice Johennessen, CalVet Secretary Peter J. Gravett, Medal of Honor Recipient James Taylor, State Senator Jim Neilsen, State Assemblyman Brian Dahle and Congressman Doug LaMalfa.
Johennessen received the loudest applause for his tireless efforts on behalf of veterans. He, along with others, was instrumental in the building of the Veterans Cemetery in Igo. Johennessen said the ground work on this home began in 1994.
The eighty-eight million dollar, 155,000-sq.- foot home is situated on 26 acres along Knighton Road between Interstate 5 and the Redding Airport. More than 500 applications have been received for the 150-bed facility that provides residential, skilled nursing and memory care services; and on Oct. 22, the first four residents moved in, said a staff member. Residents are to be a minimum of 55 years of age, but this is waived if a veteran is homeless or has a disability. About 244 full-time employees are to be hired.  
Those gathered were treated to live music by the Straight Ahead Big Band, the CalFire Firefighters Pipe and Drum Band and singers Chellie Mitchell and Nancy Fischer, bagpipers, a flyover by two vintage planes, the Boys and Girls Scouts and guest speakers and more were on the program.

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