ATLANTA - Georgia is about to do something it's never done before: Charge veterans for their care in the state's two homes for war veterans.
The Legislature authorized the residential fee to take advantage of a federal reimbursement program that helps veterans pay for assisted-living-type care.
The legislation's sponsor, Democratic Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver of Decatur, said Georgia has not been getting the federal funds it could get.
No final decision has been made on how much veterans will pay for living at the homes in Milledgeville and Augusta. The assistant commissioner of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Daniel Holtz, said he would have preferred to keep the care paid for with federal and state funds, but the General Assembly wanted another stream of revenue.