Officials laud approval of bond to fund R.I. Veterans Home

Ballot Question 3 - veterans home news conference

BRISTOL, R.I. (WPRI) – Voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot question that finances construction of the Rhode Island Veterans Home.

Before Friday’s Veterans Day ceremony at the Veterans Home in Bristol, Eyewitness News caught up with Kasim Yarn, Rhode Island’s Director of Veterans Affairs, to see what the approval of the $27 million bond means.

“It sends a clear signal to our veteran population that our taxpayers car for our veteran population,” Yarn said.

The bond passed overwhelmingly, with 83% of voters supporting it. The funds will be used to complete construction that is already underway and for future maintenance.

Expected to open next fall, the new Veterans Home will have 208 beds, with several set aside for homeless veterans.

Governor Raimondo, Senators Reed and Whitehouse, and Congressman Langevin joined General Christopher Callahan for the 11:30 a.m. ceremony.