Officials break ground on Tuskegee Airmen Texas State Veterans Home

Published on August 20, 2021

a group smile as they hold up dirt in individual shovels

Fort Worth officials joined Texas Veterans Land Board Chairman George P. Bush to break ground and unveil the name of a new nursing home, the Tuskegee Airmen Texas State Veterans Home.

The 100,000-square-foot home will support 120 veterans, including up to 30 who may require memory care. The location is adjacent to the Fort Worth VA Clinic at 2201 S.E. Loop 820.

“This facility will represent more than just a new building. For the veterans who will live here, it represents a new beginning,” Bush said. “It is fitting to have this milestone — our 10th home — represent a new era of veterans who redefined the meaning of bravery as some of the greatest warriors this nation has ever known. Warriors who fought for America’s freedom, even at a time when America didn’t always give them the freedom they deserved, and in many ways, still have not gotten the credit they truly deserve for their incredible acts of service and grit.”

Mayor Mattie Parker and District 8 Councilmember Chris Nettles participated in the groundbreaking ceremony.

“As leaders and as a community, we have a responsibility to ensure that the brave men and women who have served our country are able to access the care and support they need,” Parker said. “Fort Worth is honored to be home to a robust and thriving veteran population, and the Tuskegee Airmen Texas State Veterans Home will be an incredible asset in providing those needed services for our veteran community for years to come.”

The Fort Worth area is known to have been home to at least five former members of the elite group of World War II military aviators who flew over 1,500 missions across North Africa and Europe in World War II and collectively amassed more than 150 Distinguished Flying Cross awards, 60 Purple Hearts and the Congressional Gold Medal, Congress’ highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions. The all-Black group of pilots earned their fame by serving valiantly for their nation despite encountering racism and prejudice.

 

 

Photo: Leading the groundbreaking of the veterans home, from left to right, were Tarrant County Commissioner Roy Charles Brooks, Fort Worth City Councilmember Chris Nettles, Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker, Veterans Land Board Chairman George P. Bush, Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce Chairman Pastor Sultan Cole and Tarrant County Judge B. Glen Whitley.

 

 

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