BOSTON – Recently, State Senator Nick Collins joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts State Senate in passing a bill authorizing $400 million to build rebuild the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home and an additional $200 million for regional facilities and services for veterans across the Commonwealth.

“I am proud to support this legislation representing an important commitment to our veterans throughout the entire state for their service to our nation,” said Senator Nick Collins.

The legislation comes after a review of the facility’s management, governance and infrastructure in the wake of the tragic deaths of 76 veterans at the Holyoke Soldiers Home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of the legislative response, the Special Joint Oversight Committee on the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke COVID-19 Outbreak was created by the Legislature to examine the chain of command, communications, and leadership of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home.

“It is critical that as we invest in facilities and services that show our veterans the dignity and respect they deserve, we do so with proper oversight to ensure that taxpayer dollars are well spent and the failures that took place last year don’t happen again.”