NC official welcomes first veterans to home in Kinston

From staff reportsApril 4, 2013 

— State Secretary of Administration Bill Daughtridge travelled to Kinston on Thursday to welcome veterans and their families into the new State Veterans Home.

The $12 million home, the second to open in the state this year, can provide long-term care for up to 100 veterans. Jack B. Overman, who served in the Navy from 1944 to 1946 as a Pharmacist’s Mate 3rd Class, became the first veteran admitted to the home last Wednesday.

The 111,000-square-foot facility is designed to feel as much like a home as possible. It’s split into four interconnected buildings, each divided into two “neighborhoods” with a living room, day room, parlor room, and dining room. Each neighborhood can support 12 to 14 veterans, with each veteran having his or her own room and bathroom.

“Men and women who wear our nation’s uniform and fight to protect our freedom deserve quality, long-term care,” Daughtridge said. “I am proud of this facility and the level of care it will give back to those who have already given so much in our defense.”

Another new veterans home opened in Black Mountain this year, joining two other state facilities in Fayetteville and Salisbury. Altogether, the four homes have enough beds for 449 veterans.

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