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NEW FACILITY: Van Meter Vets

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The American Legion in Van Meter is half way towards its goal of helping veterans and their families.

A year ago, it was only a plan on paper. Today, the new Veterans Reception Center is taking shape. The group has raised about half a million dollars on its own and is now looking for help from the state. This week, the group could find out if it qualifies for the Iowa Infrastructure Fund.

“It's just under a $1.2 million building and another $600,000 will finish the building,” says Joe Herman, head of the Building and Land Committee.

The building is only a mile from the Iowa Veterans Cemetery. Members of Post 403 want to provide a place for military families to meet before and after burials free of charge.

“They’re the keepers of the cemetery and this facility just goes along with that,” says Herman whose father was a member of Post 403 and is buried at the Veterans Cemetery.

The group broke ground last fall and hopes to raise the needed money by this summer.

“RAGBRAI will be coming through town on July 23rd and our goal is to get enough funding to get it finished by then which is very, very doable,” says Herman.

This week, the Post is hosting an Open House. You're invited to stop by next Saturday from 10 AM to 3 PM to hear more about their progress and how you can help. For more information, go to http://www.legionpost403.org