The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs on Wednesday morning announced a $2.8 million dollar donation from the estate of late Vietnam veteran Steven Williams, for construction of the Montevideo Veterans Home. This is the largest single private gift benefiting a State Veterans Home in Minnesota. Although Williams retired in Nevada, he grew up near Montevideo and stayed involved in Veterans issues in his home state. He passed away in March of this year.

Several state and local legislators were present at the press conference Wednesday morning at the Montevideo American Legion, and the venue was filled to capacity. Following the press conference, the architectural firm of Wold Perkins Eastman presented on a few preliminary design concepts for the home, and answered questions from veterans.

The proposed 72 bed facility is located on a 13.5 acre site at the intersection of William Avenue and County Road 15. The total project budget is $48.5 million dollars. Construction is tentatively expected to begin in fall of 2019, pending approval of federal funding. The home would open in the summer of 2021.

Minnesota has five State Veterans Homes in operation, with three future homes currently in the planning stages. In addition to Montevideo, future State Veterans Homes are planned for Bemidji and Preston.