Honoring our veterans at home
March 28, 2012
The Daily Press reports, "For 14 years, the [Hampton] Peninsula has been fortunate to have a transitional housing program operated by the Salvation Army on the campus of the Hampton VA Medical Center. Hundreds of homeless veterans have been helped there. But the program is in immediate danger of closing. The VA has determined the century-old dormitory, which houses about 60 veterans, needs about $3.5 million in repairs and renovations to remain operable, and the VA has decided to demolish the building."
Progressive Point: Virginia has a rich history as the home of countless of our country's patriots. The Commonwealth of Virginia has always prided itself on its values and virtue and that should be true of how we help and honor our homeless veterans. They risked their lives to serve our country, now its our turn to ensure they're taken care of when they come home.
Helping the less fortunate members of our community, especially those who served our country, is not a matter of partisan politics nor is an election year issue. Its part of our shared Virginia values and a duty to do what we can--and a housing program that has helped hundreds of Virginia veterans itself now needs a new home. Many of our veterans are already fighting to find jobs when they return from overseas, they shouldn't also have to fight to find a home.
Get the Facts: According to the Daily Press: