Through a unique community collaboration of local non-profits, landowners, concerned citizens and both state and federal offices, the community of Preston is home to two significant and regionally important facilities for Veterans.
The Veterans Cemetery opened in 2015 and provides a final resting place for eligible veterans and spouses with military burial honors within 75 miles of their home.
The Veterans Home (currently under construction) was funded through local donations, grants, and a 2018 MN Legislative allocation. The final $21M needed to start construction came through American Rescue Plan funding. This home is expected to provide skilled nursing care for 54 residents and create 115 new nursing and supportive care jobs for the area.
The American Rescue Plan also expanded Veterans Affairs training programs for rural providers outside of the VA system. The Rural Interprofessional Faculty Development Initiative, developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is an innovative two-year training program designed to provide teaching and training skills for clinicians in rural settings, preparing rural clinicians to take on faculty roles, mentor medical professionals to serve in rural America, and grow the healthcare workforce in rural communities. In 2021, VA launched a new joint initiative with HHS, adding non-VA community clinicians to the program. This joint initiative will benefit up to 40 rural communities each year and enable rural clinicians to better train the next generation of clinicians who will serve rural America.