Grand Island commits $3M for veterans home bid

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - The Grand Island City Council has approved a commitment of $3 million to help ensure a state veterans home remains in the south-central Nebraska city.  The council granted the request by Mayor Jay Vavricek (vav-RAH'-chehk) at the council meeting Tuesday night. The Grand Island Veterans Home has been in the town since the Soldiers and Sailors Home opened in 1888 on 640 acres that the city donated to the state.  At stake is the new, $120 million replacement for the aging Grand Island facility. The state will be considering proposals from four cities that wish to host the replacement home, a 225-bed facility that will be called the Central Nebraska Veterans Home. The cities in the running are Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney and North Platte.