Schwarzenegger attends grand opening of West LA veterans home

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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger at the opening of California's newest veterans home.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger attended today’s grand opening of California’s newest veterans home. It's the sixth veterans home in the state and on this 235th birthday of the U.S. Army, Schwarzenegger joined vets and elected officials to celebrate the opening.

Ten years in the making, this facility will provide housing and long term care for 396 elderly and disabled veterans and will include all levels of licensed care.

Schwarzenegger received a big round of applause during his speech when he opened his suit jacket to reveal the American flag lining inside. It's in celebration of Flag Day today, which the governor said he celebrates every day.

Later, Schwarzenegger cut the ribbon during the dedication ceremony at which time the doors to this $253 million facility opened. Spectators took a tour inside.

The new Veterans Home of California – West Los Angeles is one of three new veterans homes that the California Department of Veterans Affairs has been working on. Construction on this particular site began three years ago.

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