John SimonsMembers of the Bradley High School class of 1964 have joined together to establish the John Simmons Memorial Fund for the Bradley County Veteran’s Home. The Veterans Home will provide long term skilled nursing care for veterans, veterans’ spouses, and Gold Star parents. Distributions from this Fund will be used to provide support services and projects for the Veterans Home.

The fund is established in memory of John Simmons and serves as a well-deserved tribute to the U.S. Navy Corpsman who spent his later years working with local veterans to assure they received the benefits they had earned through their military service, whether in times of war or peace. Simmons is also credited with approaching Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis 16 years ago with the idea of a state veterans home located here in our Cleveland community.

Groundbreaking for the $47 million facility took place in August 2019. Once complete, the home will provide resident-centered and individualized care for qualified veterans. It will be a single-story, 108-bed intermediate and skilled care nursing facility made up of six 18-bedroom residential houses connected by interior shared support spaces. Future residents will have access to a community center that contains therapeutic spaces, dining areas, activity rooms and resident support services.

Donations are made by simply writing a check to the Foundation designated to the John Simmons Memorial Fund or online through the Donate Button.