The VA recently announced that State Veterans Homes will be receiving an additional $1 billion in grants. The money for the grants comes from the passage of the American Rescue Plan of 2021 and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act for short.

The money will go to the construction of new homes, the operating costs of current homes, renovations and enhancements of current homes, and to cover costs incurred due to COVID-19. 

State Veterans Homes are facilities that are certified and audited by the VA, but are run by state governments. State Veterans Homes operate in all fifty states and Puerto Rico. The exact services provided and eligibility requirements vary from state to state. 

In Missouri, veterans must have received a non-dishonorable discharge, be a resident of Missouri for at least six months, and require nursing home care in order to be eligible for admission to one of the state’s seven Veterans Homes. Missouri’s homes are located in St. Louis, Cape Girardeau, Mexico, Cameron, Mt. Vernon, St. James, and Warrensburg. 

A local, experienced elder law attorney can help guide individuals through the application process. An elder law attorney can also discuss what other options for skilled and nursing home care are available. Our firm’s handout on Missouri Veterans Homes eligibility is attached at the following link: Missouri Veterans Homes Eligibility

To discuss your, or your loved ones, options for skilled and nursing home care, including State Veterans Homes, please call Mitchell, Brown & Associates at (314) 962-0186.