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Walla Walla Veterans Home Grand Opening

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WALLA WALLA, WA.-- On Saturday, Governor Jay Inslee, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and a number of other notable figures joined veterans and non-veterans alike in putting their hands together for the brand new Walla Walla Veterans Home.           

The day began with the presentation of the colors, followed by remarks of praise and honor for not only those behind the project, but for those who have served our country as well. Finally, with a ribbon cutting, and lots of cheers, people were able to explore the building that can now house up to 80 residents.

The experience was emotional for everybody there. some were reminiscent, others just happy. But the one emotion that seemed to run solidly throughout the room was one of gratitude, something felt especially by the Walla Walla Veterans Home Superintendent, Leal Hepworth, who is veteran himself. 

"Our first veteran that's gonna come is a WWII veteran, and he had to get his mom's permission to join the Navy," Hepworth told KNDU, "And it's stories like that that remind us why we're here, and this is why we do it."

The home is available to anyone living in Washington State who has served in the United States Armed Forces and was honorably discharged, as well as any spouses, widows, or widowers of veterans. Some of the Home's features include motion-detecting lights, extra-wide beds, private bathrooms and showers, and a one-hundred person care staff.