State veterans homes receive two VA grant

JACKSON – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has approved two grants totaling $1.35 million for improvements to the Mississippi Veterans Homes in Jackson and Collins.
U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., said the VA is contributing $924,000 to support renovations to the State Veterans Home in Collins and another $425,685 for building systems renovations at the home in Jackson.
State Veterans Homes operate in Jackson, Collins, Oxford, Pearl and Kosciusko. The VA also administers the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport.
More than 205,000 veterans lived in Mississippi in fiscal year 2010, according to the VA.
Cochran is vice chairman and ranking Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee.