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    Posted March 21, 2013 by
    Somerset, Kentucky

    one Veteran can make a difference to other Veteran

    I am a 100% service connected disabled vet (non-combat related) member of the Amvets, American legion and, Honorary Kentucky Colonel. The namesake of the organization is my father who was also a 100% service connected disable vet and a Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient; he was shot in the neck on Labor Day 1950. My Daughter is currently serving as a Sgt. In the Kentucky National Guard. I have helped bury many of our nation's veterans at Camp Nelson as a member of the national Cemetery Administration.
    Occasionally I notice a disturbing site over the years, funerals for our nation's heroes with no one there in attendance.
    That is part of the reason I left my job and started my own retirement community on 13 acres in the rural hills outside of Somerset Ky for senior homeless veterans 62 years old and up.
    I named the community P.F.C Richard L. Vanover Veterans Village, after my father who was shot in the neck on Labor Day 1950 during the Korean War he received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his actions on that day .
    I plan; a self-sustaining farm with one two bedroom cabins for female veterans to reside and two four bedroom cabins for the males, there will also be a dining facility and recreation building. They will be working the land producing their own food.
    The residents will be provided three meals a day have access to a fishing pond, community garden, transportation and even livestock. I am still in the building phase just trying to get one of the cabins built which is quite difficult since I don’t receive nor apply for any government funding for the project ,which so far has cost me about forty-thousand dollars out of my own pocket. But that is a small price to pay when there are 62000 homeless veterans everyday living on our streets.
    I hope to have at least two residents in the first cabin by June but that all depends on funding and how willing others are to help some of our nation's forgotten hero. We have reached our one year anniversary and have accomplished several milestones, in this short time frame; we have one cabin at about 98% complete. A board of directors is in place IRS approval as a 501(3) c, tax deductible organization, State Attorney General registered and incorporated with in the Kentucky Secretary of State. We have purchased administrative software and marketing tools and created a website. This being accomplished with very little support and bearing in mind we do not receive or apply for any federal govt. funding, all our funds come from private, corporate or myself. I do not take any salary so all funds go directly to support our veterans. We have only incurred 5000.00 in debt, which is the cost of the first cabin, and my goal is to have it paid off in the next six months. I really feel this could be a model program at a very low cost once completed, and we are the only organization in the United States that I know of that is offering this service by being self-sufficient as possible and permanent housing.
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