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U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Visits NM State Veterans Home

The United States Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Retired U.S. Army General Eric K. Shinseki, visited the New Mexico State Veterans Home (NMSVH) in Truth or Consequences on Wednesday, May 23. After a private briefing with New Mexico Department of Health Secretary Dr. Catherine Torres, General Shinseki toured the NMSVH, where he visited with residents and Department of Health staff.

“It has been an honor to have General Shinseki visit our state’s Veterans Home,” said Dr. Torres. “We are grateful for our continued partnership with the federal government in providing for our nation’s heroes, especially the U.S. Veterans Affairs’ Department’s contribution to expanding the home and its services.”

The New Mexico State Veterans’ Home is the exclusive long-term care home for veterans, spouses of veterans, and Gold Star parents (those parents who have lost a child in battle). Currently, NMSVH is home to 128 service members, and offers inpatient and outpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech language pathology services; inpatient and outpatient laboratory services; inpatient and outpatient aquatic therapy program; and an onsite pharmacy. NMSVH provides inpatient long-term care services include assisted living, nursing care, skilled nursing or more acute care, and a secured Alzheimer’s unit.

During General Shinseki’s visit, Dr. Torres was able to share the plans for NMSVH’s new facility, which is made possible by a joint financial commitment of both federal grant money from the Department of Veterans Affairs and state funds appropriated to the Department of Health through legislation. The expansion will make it possible for NMSVH to augment services for its residents by incorporating additional beds for Alzheimer’s and skilled nursing care, will house the therapy department providing services to those in-patients and out-patients, as required. The construction on the new buildings is expected to begin later this year.

For more information on the New Mexico State Veterans’ Home, visit their website at http://nmstateveteranshome.org/index.shtml.

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