LINCOLN, Nebr. (KTIV) - Nebraska veterans are getting a big boost when it comes to finding aid in the Cornhusker state.
On Thursday the state and the Nebraska Department of Veteran Affairs announced enhancements for the Welcome Home Initiative for discharged service members.
In the past when Nebraska service members would return home, the state would them information including veteran benefits.
The new packet will now include occupational licensure benefits, information on NDVA programs like Nebraska Veterans' Aid and Reservist Tuition Credit.
"This welcome home packet to a discharged veteran that has Nebraska as her or his home of record will certainly indicate the amount of support that the people of Nebraska have they show their veterans. It'll be a big welcome home," said John Hilgret, Director of the NDVA.
The NDVA also unveiled a new website to help veterans in the state called Nebraska Veterans' Gateway.
The website offers resources and tools for veterans and their families -including exploring education and job opportunities.
Hilgret also said there is now a major improvement to the Veterans Affairs website.
"You have a live chat option now on your Nebraska Veterans Affairs website that you can just click on and talk to one of our state service officers. And you'll even have a real name with who you are talking to."
The state also announced Thursday there are plans to expand the Eastern Nebraska Veterans' Home. The expansion would create 30 new skilled nursing beds while replacing 30 semi-private assisted living beds with 24 private assisted living beds.
The expansion would also offer space to expand services to include an adult day health care program, which would be new for NDVA.
Additional information for Nebraska veterans can be found through the Nebraska Department of Veterans' Affairs website.