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Date set for veterans center groundbreaking

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Gov. Beshear expected to attend

By Marty Finley

The state has finalized a date to celebrate construction of a new veterans’ nursing facility near Radcliff.

A traditional groundbreaking ceremony for the Radcliff Veterans Center is at 10 a.m. Sept. 18 on the site on property off Logsdon Parkway adjacent to Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-Central, said Gilda Hill, executive director for the Office of Kentucky Veterans Centers.

Hill said Gov. Steve Beshear and Commissioner Ken Lucas of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs are expected to speak. Hill said local veterans representatives have been invited to join the ceremony alongside U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs representatives from Washington, D.C.

Hill has been booked as featured speaker of the Radcliff First luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Colvin Community Center. Hill said she will brief the business sector on how the veterans center is being built and what kind of impact the center will have on the community.

Radcliff Mayor J.J. Duvall has described the nursing center as an economic benefit for the city and an honor to the veterans who have settled in or around Hardin County’s second-largest city.

Excavation work has been underway for weeks and Lucas anticipates work to wrap up by fall 2015. The 120-bed facility is the fourth nursing center authorized specifically for veterans in Kentucky with homes already established in Hanson, Hazard and Wilmore, Lucas said.

The center is expected to employ between 160 and 200 and will be built in separate pods connected by walkways leading to central administrative offices. The neighborhoods will be constructed to create a semblance of home for resident veterans on around 185 acres from Fort Knox donated by the Department of Defense.

Lucas said 10 to 12 units will be available for veterans in each pod with private rooms and baths and individual temperature control. There also will be space designated for a community center, chapel, benefits office and storage, among other things, according to officials.

Marty Finley can be reached at 270-505-1762 or mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com.