New 100-bed vet home celebrates grand opening

Vets' home to open in Kinston (Reporter: Jon Erickson)

KINSTON - A new state veterans' home in Kinston means some veterans from eastern North Carolina will be able to live closer to home.

Governor Bev Perdue (D - NC) was at the Hull Road facility Tuesday afternoon for the grand opening festivities, which included a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The facility is meant for veterans who need long-term nursing care, according to staff members.

There are 100 rooms; each resident gets his or her own.

George Dove, an 82-year-old Korean War vet who received two Purple Heart awards, hopes he can be among those who move in when the home begins to accept residents in February.

"My doctor's already got me signed up to come here," Dove said.

Federal and state money paid for the facility.

The state now owns it and contracts a private company to operate the home.

Residents' care will be partially paid for but residents will still be required to pay a fee.

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