New residence hall at Veterans Home in King under construction

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KING, Wis. (WBAY) - After nearly a decade of discussion and planning, a new residence hall at the Veterans Home in King is under construction. The facility is being billed as the future of care for veterans. Located just outside of Waupaca, on the Chain of Lakes, the Veterans Home at King has served Wisconsin veterans since the late 1800's.

With the toss of some dirt, the ceremonial groundbreaking capped off years of work to improve care for veterans at the Veterans Home in King. State Representative Kevin Petersen of Waupaca wrote the original legislation to get this residence hall built. Petersen says, I started this six years ago, and you think about it, six years ago the newest building at King was 20 years old already. So, the newest building here at King is Ainsworth Hall and it's 26 years old so this building is desperately needed."

Once completed, the 192-room Moses Hall, named after John Moses, the longest serving Wisconsin Secretary of Veterans Affairs will provide the best possible care for aging veterans. Private rooms and private bathrooms will only enhance the experience.

"It's going to be a blessing, especially for the people that get a chance to move into it. They'll have 600 square feet of living space, where we've got about 200 to 300 right now," says Gary Mader, a resident at King.

In addition to views of Rainbow Lake, the hall will have state-of-the-art medical technology and nursing facilities. It will also include a memory care unit. With 35% of the project funded by the state, the additional funding coming from the federal government, the $80million building will prepare for the next generation of veterans.

According to Gov. Tony Evers, "As we invest in King's future, we look forward to serving WIsconsin's veterans and their family members for years to come in this modern facility, on this incredible campus."

"Construction of the new Moses Hall is expected to be completed in two years and then residents will begin to move in.