MILLINGTON, TN (WMC-TV) - Currently, it takes over 90 minutes for some Mid-South veterans and their families to get to the nearest VA care home, located in Humboldt Tennessee.
But a local group hopes to change that by bringing a new, state-operated VA home to Millington.
A plot of land between Millington's airport and the Glenn Eagle golf course could soon be the place the VA home is built.
"We have about 85,000 eligible veterans in this area, they are really un-served," said Rick Grant.
Grant is heading up the effort to build a 150 bed VA care home along Navy Road.
According to Grant, many veterans would be eligible to live there.
"Anyone that entered the service in Tennessee, left the service in Tennessee, or has family members in Tennessee," he said.
The nearest VA home, located in Humboldt, is too far for many to drive to.
"My mother in law made that drive three times a week, an hour and a half, two hours each way," said resident Carey Parham.
Officials say it will cost about $28 million to build the home. But Millington Mayor Richard Hodges believes it would be a win/win scenario for a town known for its military background.
"It's appropriate," he said. "We're a military town, and we gave them 25 acres."
Leaders say a new veteran's home would have a positive impact on the local economy, creating over 200 well-paying jobs. It would also increase retail sales in the area by over $1.5 million.
"A lot of personnel has been through here," Parham said. "People retire here. So what better place to have it than where these people worked and spent their careers?"
Officials need about $9 million to go ahead with this project. If you would like more information on how you can help, call 901-545-4075.