Honoring Groundbreakers

BOSSIER CITY, La. –  On Monday, June 25, at 10 a.m. an important chapter of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) Northwest Louisiana Veterans Home (NWLVH) history books will take place. We will be unveiling a new plaque honoring three men who played an integral role in the establishment of our Bossier City, Louisiana Veterans home.

“Our facility is a living testament to service and sacrifice of all Veterans and their families,” said Wesley Pepitone, administrator of the NWLVH for the past 2 years. “We would not have been able to care for the 1,200 Veterans and residents that have come through our doors if it were not for the efforts of these groundbreakers.”

The plaque is being dedicated to thank United States Air Force Col. Steve DePyssler (Ret.), Mayor Lo Walker, and State Representative Billy Montgomery for their devoted actions in helping to ensure that the NWLVH groundbreaking happened.

On April 9, 2007, the NWLVH opened its doors to the first resident. This 156-bed state facility is located on 17 pristine acres in Bossier City, Louisiana.

The facility has a fishing pond with a pier, a large chapel, and an activities building complete with a sports and game lounge.

NWLVH also has an outstanding medical team that provides complete medical care, including skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and Alzheimer’s/Dementia care to its residents.

Ambulatory and wheelchair transportation is also provided for medical appointments to Overton Brooks Medical Center in Shreveport, Louisiana.

“This is an appropriate, and I think very fitting, way to recognize the men that helped us care for state’s Veterans,” said LDVA Secretary Joey Strickland. “I’m proud to have been here for the building of all five of our state-of-the art Veterans Homes, and appreciate everyone that has helped us care for the men and women who sacrificed so much for us. May we never forget what they have done for us”

 

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