It is a no-brainer that the new state veteran’s home should be located in Jacksonville.
That is the contention of Jacksonville Mayor Gary Fletcher when asked where would be the best site for such a home.
Jacksonville is on the short list of sites being considered around the state.
“I can’t think of any place which would be more ideal,” Fletcher said.
With the Little Rock Air Force Base here, the community has a tremendous appreciation for veterans and their families. The Veteran’s Home would be housing retired American service personnel.
“We have 30,000 veterans in Pulaski County and that is many more than in other parts of the state,” Fletcher said.
The new veteran’s home also is supposed to be located within close proximity to the state capital, which is Little Rock.
Fletcher said he has had people come up to him and express interest in having the veteran’s home here.
“They really want to make it a part of the community and help the veterans housed there,” Fletcher said.
Fletcher added he believes there is a good location on the grounds of the Little Rock Air Force Base which should be considered, saying it exists in a secluded local yet one which can provided an ample amount of security.
Some sites in Jacksonville have been rejected by the task force studying different locations, including one near the city’s industrial park because it was too near industry.
Fletcher added that the task force should continue giving Jacksonville a hard look.
“This being the military town that it is, the veteran’s home should be here. We would take good care of the service men and women housed there,” Fletcher said.