State Veterans Home, under construction in AL, named after an Opelika hero

ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WTVM) — A new state veterans home is coming to Alabama, with construction just beginning on the highly anticipated project that has hero ties to Opelika.

sergeant. Maj. (Retired) Mike Sutterfield is proud of what’s happening at Enterprise, 2 hours south of Auburn, the site of a future state veterans home.

“These are state-of-the-art facilities that will 100% honor the service of these people and provide them with world-class care,” he said.

Even in the heat, people came out to witness the historic inauguration, which some called “a landmark event”.

State Veterans Affairs Commissioner Kent Davis calls it a victory for military vets and a boost for Coffee County.

“We’re closer to over a hundred million now on the entire project,” Davis said.

At $100 million, this creates 200 new jobs in Enterprise’s mostly rural west side, a great sign of progress, the mayor says, “You’ll have more buildings in this area, not just businesses, but further out on the road, you will have houses.”

It will welcome 174 veterans by 2024.

“It’s a huge honor for my family,” said Dr. Keith Adkins.

It is named after an Opelika hero: Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins State Veterans Home.

“Poor farm boy who joined the army,” added his son Keith.

This Medal of Honor recipient, in 1966 Vietnam, walked through intense enemy fire to save others, with those gunfire hitting Adkins 18 times.

“What he’s done for the country, what he’s done for our family is going to be huge for us,” Dr Adkins said.

The Adkins family saw the earth move on a 182,000 square foot facility, a home for veterans who kept us in the home of the brave and the land of the free. Construction begins 2 years after Sgt. Major Adkins is deceased.

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