Caring Communities for NV Veterans: Our Champions

This writing piece will bring joy, to those who venerate sacrifices of our soldiers. As we sit in our homes enjoying countless blessings. The young patriots of our country join military, to serve their esteemed Mother land, to provide us freedom. In return the nation offers valiant warriors special benefits of healthcare, education, tax exemptions and jobs preferences for their sacrifices. America honors their men in uniform every year on November 11. The intent is to thank everyone, who served in wars, especially the living Veterans. Nevertheless, one day each year is not enough for their devotion. The members deserve to be revered and appreciated every single day for their sacrifices to keep us safe.

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Photo by Benjamin Faust

Northern Nevada, a home to more than 80,000 Veterans, a great place for providing spectrum of benefits and opportunities ranging from state-owned and operated Nevada Veterans Home in Boulder city, housing 180 residents to DMV veterans pride license plates. We still owe an incredible debt of gratitude to our brave hearts. The Boulder home, a drop in a sea of homeless veterans on streets. Nevadan’s feel pained to see their Soldiers on the traffic lights or cross roads, holding help signs and those suffering with PTSD. Their plight makes us wistful.

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Photo Credit: Wendy Simons-Future Homes for our Veterans

When Phoenix and Salt Lake City have already declared their homeless populations to be at ‘functionally zero’, Northern Nevada is not far behind, and is taking its leaps into changing trends. The future Veterans residential units, an initiative by VA and our Governor Sandoval is taking its shape on the concepts of ‘Caring Homes for Meaningful Lives’ the Green House Project, by Dr. William H. Thomas. The Northern Nevada Veterans Home will have 96 beds, earmarked to be constructed on 102,000 sf near the intersection of Galetti Way and Kietzke Lane, Sparks. This Skilled Nursing Facility, is configured to three 32-room neighborhoods, with a core as town center laid with medley of services from nursing, physical therapy to beauty shop, coffee shop, and activity center.

As Solomon Ortiz rightly said, ‘To honor, our national promise to our veterans, we must continue to improve services for our men and women in uniform today, and provide long overdue benefits for veterans and military retirees who have already served’ and ‘Supporting the troops has got to mean more than bumper stickers on pickup trucks, my friends. We need to give them what they need’.

When an authority in healthcare industry, Wendy Simons working as Deputy Director of Wellness at Nevada Department of Veterans Services, Reno shared this in her lecture. I was desperate to spread the word  with my community. A great initiative, we definitely owed our Veterans more than a decent living place and government is ready to pour in millions to erect the, ‘Community Living Center’

Writing on Veterans Future Home is in continuation of my reflection to contribute to Vibrant Healthy Communities. When I learned about this, I was thrilled to share with my readers. I would love to hear your thoughts on this Community Building efforts for our Veterans. 

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Author: VandanaSandhir

Developing Vibrant Communities

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