In a ceremony today at the Cape Girardeau Veterans Home, Gov. Jay Nixon signed copies of legislation providing a dedicated funding source for Missouri's seven veterans homes, where more than 1,300 military veterans live. The legislation ensures that the homes will have the resources they need to provide high-quality, modern care in the next fiscal year, which begins July 1, and beyond.
"More than 1,300 of Missouri's veterans rely on our veterans homes for outstanding care and medical services," Gov. Nixon said. "We must honor their sacrifice by ensuring that they receive the quality care they need and deserve. As part of a sustainable and long-term plan for our veterans homes, this legislation provides a dedicated source for their funding, and I'm proud to sign it into law."
House Bill 1731 increases the transfer amount from the Missouri Gaming Commission Fund to the Veterans' Commission Capital Improvement Trust Fund, providing a dedicated annual funding source of $32 million for the ongoing operations of Missouri veterans homes and cemeteries. This dedicated funding source will help avoid a revenue shortfall in upcoming fiscal years and will also allow home administrators to better prepare for future home replacements or repairs, Gov. Nixon said.
The Governor had included full funding of Missouri's veterans homes in his budget proposal to the General Assembly in January. The final legislation establishing the full funding and dedicated revenue source received strong bipartisan support in both legislative chambers. With the Governor's signature, this legislation goes into effect July 1, 2012.
To learn more about Missouri's veterans homes, please visit MO.gov.