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New Mexico governor to request $59M for veterans' home


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has vowed to request $59 million in capital funding during the upcoming legislative session to finance improvements at the troubled New Mexico State Veterans’ Home.

She announced the plan during a ceremony Thursday at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial in Albuquerque. She said veterans deserve respect and support, including in their later years. A recent report by legislative analysts turned up numerous concerns about the facility in the city of Truth or Consequences.

The governor's office also noted that the main building — constructed in 1936 — includes cramped resident rooms, inadequate ventilation and restrooms that do not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.