Home for vets now open to serve East Tennessee

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Top federal, state and local officials were on hand recently for the ribbon cutting of a new $18 million home designed to serve vets in East Tennessee. Although most agree that the facility is needed, arguments have arisen about where the funding should have come from. The federal government has provided about 65 percent of the funding for the home, with the rest coming from state and local budgets. The most vocal opponent to the funding mix for the home, Harold Ford, Jr., was on-hand at the ribbon cutting. When asked why he opposes the facility, Ford replied that…“Each time I take my dog to the vet, I pay like $120 and there are lots of other people in line. Vets have to be making good money, and they certainly don’t need us funding their housing!”