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January 28, 2009

Jeanne Atkinson, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-8287,


Eastern Nebraska Vets’ Home Unveils New “Defenders of Freedom” Art

Lincoln — The Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home (ENVH) will add finishing touches to its new facility with six original paintings representing different branches of the military. The artwork, by local artist Teri Rosario, will be unveiled in a special ceremony on Friday, Feb. 6, 2009, at 2:30 p.m. in the main dining room at the Home.

“Rosario’s art depicts a historical event from each of the six military service branches that uniquely conveys their mission,” said Howard Googins, Administrator, ENVH. “The commissioned art project is one of the final steps of the building project of the new Veterans’ Home which opened in July 2007.”

ENVH teamed up with Jayne Hutton from the Nebraska Arts Council to help the Home find appropriate art. ENVH formed a committee, which included two members who live at the Home, to review the art work and select paintings. Teri Rosario was one of a number of artists who submitted ideas for commissioned work.

“Teri’s idea for the Navy commissioned piece caught everyone’s attention, so the committee decided to ask her to create original art for each of the six services we support,” said Googins. There’s a requirement that states have to use a certain percentage of federal funds for art so the Arts Council ensured we followed the rules with respect to getting the art work.

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) administers the state’s four veterans’ homes located in Bellevue, Grand Island, Norfolk and Scottsbluff.

“It’s our privilege to support these American heroes and provide them the best care possible,” said John Hilgert, Director of the Division of Veterans’ Homes, DHHS. “This artwork was designed to pay special tribute to those men and women who have served in the United States armed forces. It gives us another opportunity to honor and thank these Americans for the job they did.”

The Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home is located at 12505 So. 40th Street in Bellevue. Administrator Howard Googins will be speaking at the art unveiling along with artist Teri Rosario and Division Director John Hilgert.