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Principi Grants Waiver for Conversion of
Palmer Pioneers' Home to a State Veterans' Home


September 05, 2004

Anthony Principi, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, granted Alaska a waiver that will allow the Palmer Veterans' and Pioneers' Home to continue serving non-veteran senior citizens.

The waiver exempts Alaska from federal requirements that spell out how bed space is apportioned in federally-approved veterans homes and allows the state to continue to use its Pioneers' Home waiting list to prioritize housing for other senior citizens at the facility. The federal legislation was a necessary step in creating a state Veterans' Home while ensuring continued access to the facility by Alaska's Pioneers.

"We made a commitment that the conversion of the Palmer Pioneers' Home to a state Veterans' Home would be contingent on our continued ability to serve the Alaska's Pioneers," said Governor Frank H. Murkowski. "The waiver granted by Secretary Principi allows that to happen."

Current federal laws affecting veterans' homes require that all non-veteran residents be spouses or former spouses of veterans or Gold Star parents of fallen veterans. Sen. Lisa Murkowski sponsored a bill approved in January that allowed Secretary Principi to grant such a waiver.

The Murkowski administration expects approval of the completed application this fall and the award of federal funding before the end of the year. The state is proceeding with design work on a $3.5 million remodeling project at the home, 65 percent of which will come from federal funds. Work should be finished in the spring of 2006.


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