In Enterprise a long-anticipated “groundbreaking” for the fifth veteran’s home in Alabama.
Once complete in about two years, it will provide 175 beds for the men and women who have
served our country.

WDHN’s Mike Gurspan tells us it will also have a big impact on the wiregrass economy.

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Two years ago, the Alabama State Board of Veterans Affairs chose Enterprise over more than a
dozen wiregrass cities vying to be home to such a facility.

Due to the pandemic and “supply issues”, groundbreaking would now take place. The future 175-bed facility will be located on 108 acres of land off State Highway 51 on Enterprise’s “Westend”.

Enterprise Mayor William Cooper says “to rest and live their life out in Enterprise, you could not have picked a more beautiful place here on Highway 51.”

Once complete, the veteran’s home will employ around 200 area residents. The wiregrass is home to thousands of military “retirees”.

Alabama Veteran’s Affairs Commissioner, W. Kent Davis, says “It’s an economic engine. This facility will employ 200 full-time people right here on this spot. There is a secondary benefit for having this home on this site.”

Mike Gurspan reports “Wiregrass mayors from Geneva, Hartford, and a number of other cities did show up because they realize it’s not just for Enterprise, but the economic engine for the entire wiregrass.”

Prior to the decision to place the veteran’s home in Enterprise, Dothan Mayor Mark Saliba heavily lobbied to have it placed in the Circle City.

Dothan Mayor Mark Saliba says “It’s just like any good football game you expect them to fight it out, but at the end of the day you shake hands and celebrate the win we will all benefit from.”
The veteran’s home will bear the name of “Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins”. A Medal of Honor recipient who was shot 18-times while saving fellow soldiers in Vietnam.

Reporting in Enterprise, Mike Gurspan WDHN News for the Wiregrass.