HAZARD — A meeting was held at Hazard First Presbyterian Church on Aug. 25 to discuss the idea of establishing a veterans village in Hazard. The purpose of a veterans village is to provide assistance for homeless veterans.
The biggest steps in making this project possible are raising funds and securing property for the site. Nearly two dozen people attended the Aug. 25 meeting. All of those in attendance shared the belief that no U.S. veteran should ever be left homeless after serving the nation.
A statewide effort to help Kentucky’s homeless veterans called “Home First for Kentucky Veterans” has been established as an advocate for this cause. According to the Home First for Kentucky Veterans Facebook description, they prepare Kentucky’s homeless veterans for a sustainable life that is consistent with their abilities. They also provide and coordinate health and social resources and expertise that will address veterans needs, protect their veteran’s rights and promote their employment opportunities. More information can be found at facebook.com/KYHomelessVeterans.
The ultimate goal of the veterans village project organizers is to build a facility with 50 beds that can also provide assistance with the residents’ medical and social needs. Although this idea is still in the early developmental stages, organizers are excited about the project’s potential. The City of Hazard is working with project representatives to help find a possible location when funding for the facility is secured. Hazard City Manager Grady Varney attended the Aug. 25 discussion.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.