Students to give Arkansas vets free care

FAYETTEVILLE — Officials say students with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will provide free treatment to residents in the state's only veterans home.

The media reports Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe made the announcement Wednesday. The free services are part of an effort to cut expenses and improve care at the Fayetteville Veterans Home.

That facility has been the state's only veterans home since 2012 after the Little Rock Veterans Home closed. A site for a new state veterans home has been selected in North Little Rock.

An official with the medical school's northwest branch says the partnership will be beneficial for both parties.

Students can practice long-term care and the Fayetteville facility won't be charged for the services.