Soldiers home near Orting preparing for new vets

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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- Most of the residents of the Washington Soldiers Home near Orting in Pierce County are veterans of World War II or the Korean War. None are veterans of wars in Iraq or Afghanistan, but changes are planned to meet their needs.

The News Tribune reports the state Department of Veterans Affairs plans to add residential therapy and respite care for veterans with traumatic brain injury, commonly caused by roadside bombs. Therapy could include working with dogs and horses or in a garden.

A $6 million renovation is planned at the home. The state also operates soldiers homes in Spokane and Retsil in Kitsap County.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com