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Sites in Monticello and Crossett are among the 20 sites across the state the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs are reviewing for a new veterans home.

Last year the state Veterans Affairs Department closed a 100-bed facility in Little Rock because it had fallen into such disrepair that renovations would be too costly. The residents were moved to other long term care facilities around the state and an administrator was terminated for mismanagement of funds.

In the 2013 session the legislature approved Act 38 to create a task force that will assess what services are needed by disabled and aging Arkansas veterans, and how many Arkansas veterans need to live in some type of long-term care facility.

The 20 locations, listed below, were submitted to the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs on Nov. 22. Following a quantitative scoring process and per state legislation, the ADVA is expecting to release a substantiated recommendation from the Arkansas Veterans’ Commission by the end of the 2013 year.

Commissioners have called a special public meeting on Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. at the State Capitol, Room 130.

The proposed locations are:

Bald Knob/Judsonia
Benton/Haskell
Clarksville
Crossett
Fordyce
Fort Chaffee
Jacksonville (two sites)
Little Rock (two sites)
Monticello
Mountain View
Newport
North Little Rock
Pine Bluff
Russellville
Searcy
Trumann
Vilonia
White Hall