State Rep. Pamela Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township, today expressed her excitement for a new state-of-the-art veterans home on the site of former military housing at the Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Macomb County.
“This is wonderful news for Macomb County on two fronts,” Hornberger said. “This facility will provide much-needed care for veterans while presenting an opportunity for jobs for people in the area.”
The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency announced Wednesday it acquired Sebille Manor, a 103-acre site in Chesterfield Township, for $820,000 from the Department of Defense. The property is named after Air Force Maj. Louis Sebille, a Medal of Honor recipient who was killed in 1950 while fighting in the Korean War. The project – along with the construction of the new Grand Rapids Home for Veterans – is the start of the agency’s long-term initiative of building seven new veterans homes statewide over the next 10 years.
“Michigan has over 600,000 military veterans and a large portion of them call Macomb County home,” Hornberger said. “Rather than waiting for a bed at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans or the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette far from family, veterans in metro Detroit will soon have the opportunity to be placed in a facility close to their loved ones.”
The new home will house up to 128 veterans, include private bedrooms and bathrooms for residents and provide up-to-date amenities to improve care.