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Long-awaited residential care home for veterans opens in Ventura

December 4, 2009 | 10:47 am

A 60-bed residential care home for veterans opens today in Ventura after nearly two decades on the drawing boards. Built with federal funds as well as a bond measure passed by California voters in 2000, the state-run home also features a day program for veterans who do not require more intensive help.

The state Department of Veteran Affairs opened a similar facility last month in Lancaster. A 400-bed home is slated to open next year in West Los Angeles.

Some 65,000 veterans reside in Ventura County, according to state officials. Those who could get into state homes in the past had to relocate to facilities as distant as Barstow, leaving family members and medical caregivers behind.

-- Steve Chawkins in Ventura