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Nursing home for NC veterans opens with Perdue

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KINSTON, N.C. (AP) - A nursing home for North Carolina military veterans mostly built with money from the federal economic stimulus program is opening in Kinston.

Gov. Beverly Perdue speaks Tuesday at the grand opening of the State Veterans Home in Kinston, where more elderly soldiers can find care. About 760,000 veterans live in North Carolina.

About two-thirds of the cost for it and another 100-bed facility in Swannanoa came from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

North Carolina now operates a 150-bed nursing home in Fayetteville and 100-bed centers in Salisbury and Swannanoa.

The U.S. Veterans Affairs Department operates medical centers in Asheville, Durham, Fayetteville and Salisbury. The VA also runs 11 outpatient clinics, five Vet Centers and four national cemeteries.

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