Signs at the Grand Island Veteran’s Home were being changed today to read “Central Nebraska Veteran’s Home.” KRGI News contacted the Department of Health and Human Services who said they had no knowledge of the sign changes. They told us the grounds are operated by the Department of Administrative Services. In the meantime Grand Island Mayor Jay Vavricek was notified of the sign change. Vavricek said he made a call to Governor Dave Heineman’s Office and soon after witnessed a sign company changing the signs back to Grand Island Veteran’s Home. He called it a “call to action” for the community to react even stronger to the proposed move. The Mayor called the whole ordeal a “sad situation” and frustrating for residents of Grand Island. He said he was glad to see that the signs were changed back to read Grand Island Veteran’s Home.
Mayor Vavricek said he was in a staff meeting Wednesday morning when he fielded the call from a concerned citizen. He personally travelled to the Vet’s Home and saw that the signs were changed. A quick call to the Govbernor’s office followed and not long after…as he waited…the signs were changed back to read Grand Island Veteran’s Home.
Governor Dave Heineman has selected Kearney as the new home for the Central Nebraska Veteran’s Home – after Grand Island had hosted the home for 126 years.