Kaptur Announces Over $5 Million in American Rescue Plan Funds for Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky, Ohio

May 19, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) released the following statement announcing that the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky, Ohio has been awarded $5,304,687 through the American Rescue Plan to assist in operational needs and to address inflated costs of operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.


“I’m thrilled this funding has been made available through the American Rescue Plan to help support operations at the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky, one of the largest state veterans homes in the country,” said Rep. Kaptur. “Our veterans, especially those living in nursing homes, have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. As a result, additional resources and care have been necessary to keep them safe and healthy. With more than $5 million in federal assistance, the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky will be able to continue providing high-quality care to our veterans at the home. The funding will also help cover pandemic-related operating expenses such as purchasing additional PPE, addressing staffing shortages, and ordering frequent COVID-19 tests for residents and staff. As a Member of the House Committee on Appropriations and House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, I fought to include emergency funding for state veterans homes in the American Rescue Plan and am glad to see it being invested in the care of our veterans right here in northern Ohio.”  


“The Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky is one of the largest nursing care facilities in the country and dates back all the way to 1888,” Ross Matlack, Superintendent of the Ohio Veterans Ohio in Sandusky. “Knowing that these funds will go to our mission to provide the very best care to hundreds of Ohio’s heroes during the current health crisis is wonderful news — and would not be possible without the support of Governor DeWine, Congresswoman Kaptur, and all our federal partners. We look forward to continuing to provide an exceptional place to call home for our Ohio Veterans.” 


The Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky is a 427-bed nursing home facility. Two levels of care are offered: standard care for veterans in need of any intermediate level of care, and special care for veterans with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia.


The home opened in 1888 to care for veterans of the Civil War, and has been in continuous operation since. It is located near Lake Erie, in the heart of Ohio's family-friendly lakeshore attractions and recreational hub.