BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs operates five veterans homes located across Louisiana, designed specifically for providing the best care possible for our nation's veterans.
When you step through the doors at the Bossier City home, history comes to life.
"These men and women were there when it happened. We have veterans from the Korean War, Vietnam War, we have a lot of World War Two veterans, so if you want to hear some World War Two stories this is the place to be," said Administrator Wesley Pepitone. "We offer nursing services to veterans both wore time in peacetime as well as spouses of veterans and Gold Star parents."
The 156 bed home opened back in 2007.
"We have a full line of rehabilitation physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy. So in addition to our long-term services, we also offer short-term rehabilitation if after hospitalization a veteran's goal is to return home, should they meet their therapy goals, we can send them back home to their families."
The care doesn't stop there.
"We have a dedicated secure memory care wing for veterans with Alzheimer's and memory deficits, We have access to a physician, a dietitian."
Built on 17 acres, the facility has a fishing pond and pier, a chapel and an activities center.
"We have full-time activity directors," Pepitone explained. "There's always something going on fishing in our pond, bean bag baseball, going out to eat. We do have a strong sense of community, a lot of veterans service organizations throughout the community come in and volunteer so they keep us busy."
At the end of the day, it's all about giving back to these brave men and women
"The people that we have in this facility are the reason that our freedom is what we have. They are the reason that they say freedom isn't free, and it's because the men and women that are here to serve and protect us, so it's nice to be able to get out, walk the halls, get to know the veterans get to know the residents."