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New veterans home a welcome prospect in Marquette

Commissioner Jenna Smith

MARQUETTE, MI— Marquette officials are looking forward to the construction of a new veterans home in the city.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced last week that state and federal funding was secured to cover the entire cost.

City Commissioner Jenna Smith says she’s glad the veterans home will stay in Marquette—an economic and services hub for the Upper Peninsula.

“It keeps those services within the same area and close to our world-class health system here right in Marquette. So, when any veterans need help at the hospital or with other appointments, that they have specialists and doctors nearby to be able to help.”

The city and the state are considering the Cliffs-Dow site as the location for the new home. It remains under review.

Smith says it feels good to be able to give back to veterans who have given so much of themselves.

Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.