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      Veterans' homes could get funding boost

      Michigan's two veterans' homes could receive a funding boost under a budget approved by a legislative panel.

      Michigan's two veterans' homes could receive a funding boost under a budget approved by a legislative panel.

      A conference committee approved the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs budget on Tuesday that would increase funding for the Grand Rapids Veterans' Home by about $1.7 million.

      The committee says that money will help upgrade the home's pharmaceutical inventory control system and increase nursing staff.

      The additional funds come after a state auditor general report earlier this month said the home failed to provide an on-site psychiatrist since August 2011 for residents with mental health disorders and lacked controls to safeguard food and medical supplies.

      The D.J. Jacobetti Veterans' Home in Marquette could also receive $850,000 next fiscal year.

      The budget now heads to the Senate and House floors for consideration.

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