Gov. Jay Nixon Thursday signed legislation to provide a dedicated funding source for Missouri’s seven homes for veterans. The action by the General Assembly and the governor has to be a note of comfort to the 1,300 military veterans in the homes.

The legislation ensures that the homes will have the resources to provide the quality care needed in the next fiscal year.

House Bill 1731 increases the transfer amount from the Missouri Gaming Commission Fund to the Veterans’ Commission Capital Improvement Trust Fund, providing a dedicated annual funding source of $32 million for ongoing operations of the veterans homes and cemeteries. This action will help avoid a revenue shortfall and will fund maintenance expenses.

This legislation had bipartisan support in the General Assembly. Members recognized the need. Gov. Nixon also recognized the importance of this legislation for our veterans.

We applaud our lawmakers and the governor for enacting this vital funding for veterans.