By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – Alcorn County could soon have a veterans nursing home.
The county’s board of supervisors gave the veterans service officer the go-ahead Friday to submit a request for a facility. There would be no cost to the county if the application is approved.
Pat Ray, the county’s veterans service officer, said more than 7,500 veterans live in Alcorn County.
“We have about 625 veterans who are unable to leave their homes or who cannot be transported without assistance,” Ray said.
She gave board members a copy of the summary report the Veterans Administration prepares in May each year that shows each county’s productivity for the previous fiscal year. Alcorn County’s veterans brought $7.675 million into the county last fiscal year, an increase of 3.1 percent over the previous year.
“We’ve increased veteran revenue each of the six years I’ve been in this office,” Ray said. The Alcorn County office has a success rate in filing claims of more than 85 percent.
Ray and Sheriff Charles Rinehart will work together to garner the cooperation of U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker and U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee, since the application must be fully supported by them.
The nearest veterans nursing home is in Oxford and can accommodate 150 patients. The next closest is in Kosciusko. Others are in Jackson, Collins, Pearl and Gulfport.
“We have several Alcorn County veterans in the Oxford nursing home,” Rinehart said. “I expect not many of their friends get over there to visit them very much and it’s a distance for relatives to go.”
In addition to making it easier for friends and relatives of veterans in Northeast Mississippi to visit, the facility would bring jobs and additional revenue to the county, she said.