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Groundbreaking held for new Skilled Nursing Facility

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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.  

The first group of groundbreakers uses the military entrenchment tools

The first group of groundbreakers uses the military entrenchment tools to turn dirt on Aug. 26 outside the Buffalo Veterans Home. This was the first of three groups to ceremonially turn dirt.

Col. Tim Sheppard points out what will be the western edge of new facility

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.

A digital model of the nursing facility was included in the presentation

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.

Tim Sheppard welcomes attendees to the ceremony

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.

A number of veterans attended the groundbreaking ceremony

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.

Spc. Bec Bridger sings the national anthem to begin the groundbreaking ceremony

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.”

Col. Jack Tarter lifts his hand during his speech

Col. Jack Tarter lifts his hand during his speech on Aug. 26 outside the Buffalo Veterans Home. Tarter was one of five total speakers during the event.

Johnson County Commissioner Bill Novotny speaks

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.

Col. Tim Sheppard presents Jillian Balow with a plaque and one of the entrenchment tools

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.

Photojournalist

Jessi Dodge joined the Bulletin as a photojournalist and a Report for America corp member in 2020. If you have ideas or comments, reach out at jessi@buffalobulletin.com.

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