Feds Release $25 Million for Copas Nursing Home in Tradition
By Keona Gardner of TCPalm
PORT ST. LUCIE — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has released $25 million to pay for the Ardie R. Copas State Veterans’ Home in Tradition.
The money was released earlier this week and will pay 65 percent of the $39.7 million needed to build the 120-bed facility, said Steve Murray, communications director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
The state will pay the remaining $13.9 million.
Construction at the 28.5-acre site on the south side of Southwest Tradition Parkway, across from the Brennity at Tradition retirement community was slated to start next month but has been pushed back to late summer, Murray said. The home would be the first state veterans home to offer all private rooms. Spouses, including those of the same sex, will be allowed to share rooms as long as both are military veterans and need services, Murray said.
The home is named for the late Medal of Honor recipient and Fort Pierce native Sgt. Ardie R. Copas, who died while serving as a machine-gunner in Cambodia during the Vietnam War.
President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Copas posthumously in March 2014.
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