Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 | 5 p.m.
In the spirit of Veterans Day, two Las Vegas casino companies recently announced major charitable contributions to the military community.
MGM Resorts International said today it’s committing $250,000 to the Nevada Military Support Alliance to build a house that will host families of patients being treated at the Southern Nevada Veterans Affairs Medical Center in North Las Vegas. Also today, Station Casinos began accepting nominations for a home that the company and other organizations will give to a veteran next month.
MGM’s gift will go toward construction of Nevada’s first Fisher House, where families of VA hospital patients will be able to stay for free. There are 67 other Fisher Houses throughout the country, and Nevada is the only state with a major military installation that doesn’t have one, according to an MGM statement.
The Las Vegas Fisher House will be built on the site of the VA hospital, 6900 N. Pecos Road, and will have 16 suites with private bedrooms and baths, as well as a shared kitchen, laundry room, dining room and a living room with a library. The military alliance is hoping to open the house next year and is still seeking $1 million in additional funding.
Perry Di Loreto, chairman of the military alliance, said in the statement that MGM’s gift was “totally unexpected.” Jim Murren, CEO of MGM, said it’s “one of the ways we can show our veterans and their families how much we appreciate the sacrifices they have made.”
Station Casinos, which announced its contribution last week, is working with the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl and the Military Warriors Support Foundation to give a wounded veteran a home. It is accepting nominations from today through Nov. 28 and will give away the home at the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl football game Dec. 20.
The military support foundation gives homes mortgage-free to the families of wounded veterans who have “severe and/or unique circumstances because of their injuries,” according to a Station news release. The families also get three years of “family and financial mentoring.”
“We have always been incredibly grateful to our military community, and this partnership is another great example of our ongoing ‘Operation Thank You’ commitment to veterans,” Station Casinos Chief Marketing Officer Staci Alonso said in the release.
To nominate a veteran for the home giveaway, visit www.sclv.com/woundedheroes.