Col. Tim Sheppard, director of the Wyoming Veterans Commission and ceremony host, welcomes attendees to the official groundbreaking ceremony for Wyoming’s first skilled nursing facility for veterans on Aug. 26 outside the Buffalo Veterans Home. Formerly Fort McKinney, the location will soon be adding the skilled nursing facility for veterans directly next to the existing veterans home.
Col. Tim Sheppard points out what will be the western edge of new facility on Aug. 26 outside the Buffalo Veterans Home. The new facility will include three cottages in the shape of a horseshoe each more than 10,000 sq. ft.
Spc. Bec Bridger sings the national anthem to begin the groundbreaking ceremony on Aug. 26, outside the Buffalo Veterans Home. Bridger was the 2018 Ms. Wyoming and has recently joined the Army and the 67th Army Band “Wyoming’s Own.”
A number of veterans attended the groundbreaking ceremony on Aug. 26 outside the Buffalo Veterans Home. In addition to the filled chairs by the stage, a number of current residents in the Veterans Home joined the event from the back under the shade of a tree.
Johnson County Commissioner Bill Novotny speaks before the official groundbreaking on Aug. 26, outside the Buffalo Veterans Home. More than 50 people were in attendance of the event including community members and leaders from Buffalo and around the state.
A digital model of the nursing facility was included in the presentation on Aug. 26, outside the Buffalo Veterans Home. In addition the main floor plan was printed on the back of the programs to show the facility in more detail.
Col. Tim Sheppard presents Jillian Balow, Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction, with a plaque and one of the entrenchment tools on Aug. 26. A number of different people were presented with plaques including speakers and others who were involved in the process of bringing the facility to Buffalo.
The official groundbreaking ceremony for Wyoming's first skilled nursing facility for veterans was held on Aug. 26 outside of the Veterans Home of Wyoming. The home is located at the former Ft. McKinney just outside Buffalo and after construction is complete will also include a three cottage nursing facility. Speakers joined from both local and state offices and the ceremony featured the use of military entrenching tools in place of the standard shovel.