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Press Release Healey-Driscoll Administration Breaks Ground on Transformational Holyoke Veterans Home Reconstruction Project

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  • Governor Maura Healey and Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll
  • Executive Office of Veterans' Services

Media Contact for Healey-Driscoll Administration Breaks Ground on Transformational Holyoke Veterans Home Reconstruction Project

Karissa Hand, Press Secretary

Holyoke Group Picture with Governor Healey, Lieutenant Governor Driscoll, Congressman Neal, Secretary Santiago, and local officials

Holyoke — Today, Governor Maura T. Healey and Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll hosted a groundbreaking ceremony at the Massachusetts Veterans Home at Holyoke. In coordination with Congressman Richard Neal and Veterans Services Secretary Jon Santiago, the groundbreaking ceremony represents a new era of investment, care, and support for veterans across Massachusetts.  

"Today marks a historic milestone for Massachusetts veterans, service members and their families," said Governor Healey. "The commencement of construction for the new Holyoke Veterans Home represents our commitment to ensuring that Massachusetts veterans receive the care and support they deserve. Working with our local, state and federal partners, and under the leadership of Secretary Santiago and the team at the Executive Office of Veteran Services, we will continue our work to revitalize both Veterans Homes, enhancing personnel and facilities to provide nothing less than world-class care for our veterans." 

"Our administration is resolute in our commitment to invest in and support our veterans,” said Lieutenant Governor Driscoll, who herself is the daughter of a Navy Veteran. “Together, we will honor the sacrifices of our veterans by ensuring they receive the comprehensive care and services that they deserve." 

Having served as a long-term healthcare facility for veterans in the Commonwealth since 1949, the Holyoke Soldiers Home has played a vital role for over seven decades. The newly constructed Massachusetts Veterans Home at Holyoke will accommodate 234 long-term care beds, offering essential nursing support and meticulously designed community spaces.   

“Today’s groundbreaking comes after years of advocacy by local, state, and federal officials, and most importantly, the family members of Holyoke Veterans’ Home residents both past and present. These efforts have culminated in a new 234-bed facility that will provide our veterans with the care and treatment they have earned,” said Congressman Richard Neal. “I would like to thank VA Secretary Denis McDonough, who I have been in regular communication with over the past several years, for recognizing the significant impact a project of this magnitude will have on our veteran community. Three years ago, we gathered here after seventy-six veterans tragically lost their lives. At that time, we promised to deliver change that would prevent such a tragedy from happening again. Today, we are delivering on that promise.”   

In March 2023, Secretary Jon Santiago announced that the Executive Office of Veterans Services (EOVS) completed the necessary final steps to ensure compliance and receive grant funding through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) State Home Construction Grant Program. The Holyoke Veterans’ Home then entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with the VA, committing $263.5 million in federal funds. $164 million of the grant has been awarded this fiscal year, with the remainder to be paid out in future fiscal years.  

"Our mission is to honor those who have selflessly served our nation,” said Secretary Jon Santiago. “Though the past remains immutable, the future is ours to shape. The Holyoke Veterans’ Home reconstruction project is our unwavering commitment to ensuring that Massachusetts veterans receive exceptional long-term care. Their sacrifices for our freedom should never be forgotten or taken for granted." 

“We have made great strides over the last three years,” said Michael Lazo, Superintendent, Holyoke Veterans’ Home. “Today marks the culmination of a lot of hard work and planning —it’s great to be at the point of construction of the new Home that will serve as a constant reminder of our commitment to Massachusetts veterans.”   

Further enhancements for the project include upgraded clinical spaces, a 30-bed memory care floor, and a 40-person Adult Day Health Program catering to community-residing veterans. A Memorial Garden at the entrance will honor veterans, especially those lost during the COVID-19 pandemic. The state-of-the-art Veterans Home will gradually replace the existing Soldiers' Home facility through phased construction, aiming to minimize disruptions. Completion is expected by late 2026, with complete site restoration anticipated by Summer 2028. 

“While our Commonwealth’s veteran population and their medical needs are changing, the Holyoke Veterans’ Home’s mission remains the same: to provide care with honor and dignity. Veterans and their families will be depending on the Home for decades to come and this new state-of-the-art facility will help ensure they receive the critical medical care and services that they have earned in service to our nation. I am grateful to the Healey-Driscoll Administration, Congressman Neal, Secretary Santiago, and my colleagues in the Legislature for their steadfast commitment to the Holyoke Veterans’ Home and this reconstruction,” said Senator John Velis. “At the end of the day this project is all about the blood, sweat, and tears of our Commonwealth’s service-members and our recognition of the need to give them what they profoundly deserve. Most of all, I want to thank all the veterans, families, and community members from across Western Massachusetts who have advocated for a new Holyoke Veterans’ Home facility for so long. This has been a long process, but today we are one step closer to making this incredible project a reality.” 

“I have worked with the veterans, their families, and the staff at the Holyoke Soldiers Home for twenty years, as a union field representative, community organizer, legislative staffer, and now as State Representative. To have a role in these people getting the Home they deserve is the honor of my public service career,” said Representative Pat Duffy. 

Statements of Support 

Commissioner Gladstone, Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenace 

“The well-being of Massachusetts Veterans and their families has been the driving force of the planning and design phases for the new Holyoke Veterans Home. We look forward to working with our partners in the building trades to complete construction of this best-in-class facility, which will sustainably serve generations of Veterans to come.” 

Representative Gerard Cassidy, House Chairman of Veterans Services Committee 

“The reconstruction of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home highlights the Commonwealth’s commitment to veterans. The new, state of the art building will ensure Massachusetts veterans receive top of the line care.”  

Joe Albanese, Chairman and CEO of Commodore Builders  

“As a veteran, I could not feel more privileged that the Commodore Builders | Walsh Brothers team was selected to lead the planning and construction of the Holyoke Veterans Home. This state-of-the-art facility will provide the support and services that our military veterans have earned. This is so much more than just a project; it is about honoring all veterans that have answered our nation’s call – giving them the home that they deserve for their selfless service and commitment to freedom.” 


Media Contact for Healey-Driscoll Administration Breaks Ground on Transformational Holyoke Veterans Home Reconstruction Project

  • Governor Maura Healey and Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll 

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  • Executive Office of Veterans' Services 

    The mission of the Executive Office of Veterans’ Services (EOVS) is to act as the primary advocate on behalf of all the Commonwealth’s veterans.

    EOVS provides our veterans and their families with quality support services and directs an emergency financial assistance program for those veterans and their dependents who are in need.
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