Gov. Bill Lee was among the ceremony's attendees Wednesday in Cleveland, Tennessee.
The single-story, 108-bed intermediate and skilled care nursing facility will span 110,000 square feet. It will include six 18-bedroom residential houses connected by interior shared support spaces.
In 2003, the Bradley County Commission and Cleveland City Council passed resolutions to support a nursing facility for long-term veteran care. A $3 million anonymous donation was pledged in 2006, and the city and county have contributed $2 million each since. The state has added $10 million.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is contributing a $30.5 million grant.
The families of Steve Williams, Thomas Williams, and Robert Wright, meanwhile, donated 28 acres in Cleveland in 2010.
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