Should North Idaho Get a New State Veterans Home? Vets May Find Out Monday

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Veterans advocates should find out Monday whether North Idaho might be the future site of a new state veterans home.

The Idaho Division of Veterans Services operates three veterans homes in Boise, Lewiston and Pocatello. The largest, in Boise, offers 36 beds in its residential unit, 131 beds in its nursing care unit and 17 beds in its Alzheimer's unit. The Lewiston and Pocatello homes each offer 66 beds.

The Idaho Legislature funded a $250,000 study to gauge the feasibility of a new home in Idaho's Panhandle. It's estimated that a land purchase and construction for a new home in Post Falls could cost as much as $20 million.

And now the Coeur d'Alene Press reports that a meeting is set for Monday evening, when consultants will unveil their findings. Areas other than Post Falls are reportedly on a short-list, but consultants haven't released that list, at least not yet.

If given a green light, federal funds would be expected to pay for approximately 65 percent of the facility, with the state kicking in the rest.