Iowa Investing in Care for Veterans

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MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa -- Iowa veterans are getting a first look at their new home.

“There's definitely a wow factor,” said Iowa Veterans Home Commandant Jodi Tymeson.

A ribbon cutting ceremony unveiled the new Dack Nursing building on the campus of the state-run facility in Marshalltown. The long-term nursing care building will house nearly 90 veterans or their spouses. The larger single and couple suites include private bathrooms and showers.

“It's such an amazing difference for the residents and the privacy and dignity that it provides to the residents to have that private room is just, we're just so thankful to be able to provide that for them,” said Tymeson.

The renovation is part of a three-year, $36 million construction project at the Iowa Veterans Home. It is home to 542 residents.

“It's a great place to be,” said resident Scott Markusch.

The Newton native served in the Navy as a nuclear submarine electrician and moved into the home seven months ago.

Markusch went on a tour of the newly renovated Dack building and says he was excited to see his new home. The vets will begin moving in tomorrow.

“I’m happy where I am and when I move here, I'll still be happy,” he said.

The building is named after Jack Dack. He served as commandant at the Iowa Veterans Home from 1969 to 2002.