By Trina Jennings –
Last Wednesday, Executive Office of Veterans’ Services Secretary Jon Santiago visited the Veterans’ Home in Chelsea, Massachusetts, to meet with leadership, employees, and resident veterans at the state-of-the-art long-term care facility.
The new 154-bed facility was designed in accordance with federal VA standards for Community Living Centers and will open later this Spring.
On March 1, Governor Maura Healey and Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll filed their FY2024 budget proposal, the first to reflect the Executive Office of Veterans’ Services’ new Cabinet-level status.
To ensure that the Executive Office of Veterans’ Services can properly serve the Commonwealth’s veterans, the Healey-Driscoll administration in its FY24 H.1 budget recommendation is recommending $185.6 million for the new secretariat, an increase of $11.3 million from FY23.
“Visiting the Veterans’ Home in Chelsea is an opportunity for me to see the incredible care being delivered to veterans at the Home by our dedicated team members at every level,” said Secretary Santiago. “Governor Healey’s budget for veterans’ services truly meets the moment as it is designed to ensure that veterans get the care, benefits and services they rightfully deserve and have earned through their bravery and service to our nation. I am grateful to Acting Superintendent Robert Engell and his entire team for their unwavering efforts on behalf of the American heroes living here. I look forward to partnering with members of the Chelsea delegation and legislature to advance this important budget proposal.”
The Veterans’ Home in Chelsea was Established in 1882, formerly the Soldiers’ Home in Chelsea, offers residential and long-term care programs to eligible Massachusetts veterans.
“The mission Veterans’ Home is to provide the highest quality of personal healthcare services to Massachusetts veterans with dignity, honor, and respect,” said the Executive Office of Veterans’ Services. “Currently, the Home serves a total of 200 veteran residents, including those in long-term care and domiciliary living.”