Chaffee Crossing Touted As Site For Veterans Home

Aug 20, 2013

Leaders in Fort Smith are pitching their city as a "perfect fit" for the state's new veterans home.

Earlier this month, the Arkansas Veterans Home Task Force identified Fort Smith, Benton, Jacksonville and Russellville as potential sites for the $22 million veterans home.

On Monday, representatives from the task force toured Fort Smith's proposed site at Chaffee Crossing.

The Southwest Times Record reports the 25-acre site is next to the planned Interstate 49 route and adjacent to Camp Hope for Heroes, a service facility for veterans.

Mayor Sandy Sanders says Fort Smith was founded as a military outpost and has a long history of supporting members of the military.

The 22-member task force is looking to replace a Little Rock home that state officials closed because of deteriorating conditions.