Louisiana veterans group building facility to help homeless vets, families

Published on Examiner, October 1, 2013;

“Honoring those who served” is the motto of a new facility for homeless veterans being put together by a veterans group in the Monroe, Louisiana area. On Monday, Al Sanders, president of the Northeast Louisiana Veterans Association, told Examiner.com in an exclusive interview he hopes the facility, named the Fort Hero Veterans Barracks, (on facebook) will be complete and ready to serve area veterans in about six to eight months. 

The building – formerly a 45-bed nursing home – was donated to the group, said Saul Hakim, a volunteer with the organization.

The building – formerly a 45-bed nursing home – was donated to the group, said Saul Hakim, a volunteer with the organization.

Having been closed for 8-10 years, Hakim – a former Navy corpsman who served in the Vietnam War – said vandals had taken all the air conditioners, pipes, copper wiring and almost all of the fixtures in the building.

Nevertheless, Sanders added, the group has received a tremendous amount of support from the local community.

According to Hakim, two doctors have pledged to donate their time and an area psychologist has offered a weekly visit.

Sanders said that a DAV officer will also be available one day a week to help veterans get the benefits they need. Local judges, he said, have indicated they are willing to divert veterans to their program.

A number of people have donated their time, Hakim said.

The facility also received a donation of 38 hospital beds, said Stu Bashner, a volunteer who helps raise funds for the project.

Bashner said the group needs about $1 million to complete the project, but the assistance they have received so far has helped offset that amount.

When it’s finished, Sanders said, it will be a full-service facility intended to help veterans and their families … //

… Those who wish to help the Fort Hero Veterans Barracks can send donations to the Northeast Louisiana Veterans Association at P.O. Box 903, West Monroe, La. 71294.
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Links:

Veterans services fair held to offer support for vets, on KTNV;

FEED our VETS: we are dedicated to keeping our Vets healthy;

Utilize VA Benefits for OJT, on VETSNET.edu;

Sign Up for VA ListServe, the VETSNET newsletter;

Vets-Net.com;

Veterans’ Employment and Training Service VETS
, On US/dept of Labor;

Veterans Services Network Corporate Mini Master File (VETSNET File);

Vets Vow To Visit World War II Memorial, 2.12 min, on Yahoo news, Oct 2, 2013;

Vets Cross Barricades Despite Shutdown, 1.15 min, on Yahoo news, Oct 1, 2013;

When lack of money prevents work: FSRN ends daily broadcast, on Intrepid Report, by Kéllia Ramares-Watson, October 3, 2013;
(Free Speech Radio News FSRN.org and it’s Newsletter);
also on en.wikipedia;
FSRN archives remain open);

UK: Benefits and concessions for the Armed Forces, veterans and their families, on Adviceguide;

… also remember Tariq Ali: The Rotten Heart of Europe, 98.56 min, uploaded by Prisotnoststeje, May 15, 2012 (on SUBVERSIVE FORUM – THE FUTURE OF EUROPE, Zagreb, 15.5.2012); The European Union is designed to be a union of bankers, not people, and therefore is doomed to fail …;

(see also: Welcome to our new blog: politics for the 99%).

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