To the editor:
I just want to say how much I appreciate state Rep. Anna Wills, R-Apple Valley. Last year she voted for the bonding bill that supported funding for our Minnesota state veterans homes. Minnesota has five state Veterans Homes (formerly called Old Soldiers Homes) that provide 24/7 skilled nursing in areas such as dementia care, Alzheimer’s care, domiciliary care, rehabilitation services, recreational therapy, work therapy, and other needs of our veterans. These five state homes were in desperate need of repair and update.
I am very thankful for the way Minnesota treats its military veterans. My brother had taken in a homeless person from another state who had served in World War II. He was diagnosed with terminal cancer and only had about a year to live. Being a veteran myself, I knew of programs that would help this person. Even though this person did not have his military record, the Minnesota state Veterans Homes took him in and cared for him. The care he received was above and beyond the minimum required and made this man who served his country feel loved and wanted. He died a few months later, not alone in a shelter but among other veterans and staff who understand what it is to serve your country. I thank Anna for being one of those people who understands what it is to give back to those who gave so much.