LANSING (AP) — Michigan has secured federal funding to build two veterans homes in Grand Rapids and the Detroit area.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs authorized $123 million in spending Friday. The state plans to replace a veterans home in Grand Rapids and build a new one in metropolitan Detroit.

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The Michigan Legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder in 2016 approved $42 million for the projects but has been waiting for federal funds that cover up to 65 percent of the costs.

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Currently, homes in Grand Rapids and Marquette provide primarily nursing care to more than 400 veterans.

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