Our View: Vets center will benefit our heroes

Published 10:17 am Monday, July 23, 2018

Clark County Public Schools has done a good job of re-purposing its former school buildings — or finding tenants who had a vision to do so — and Lady Veterans Connect project is another great example of that approach.

The ongoing project continues to move forward with the nonprofit organization set to close on the purchase of the Trapp building this week, another positive step in the journey to re-purpose the facility into a residential shelter for female veterans transitioning back into civilian life.

Much work remains including replacing the furnace system and repairing water lines that burst last winter.

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Executive director Phyllis Abbott and other volunteers with the organization should be commended for their work to make their vision become a reality.

Ultimately, the dream is to have the facility renovated enough to prove residential housing for 35 women — and eventually their children — while also becoming a facilitator for counseling, career training and other programs that are critical to helping veterans start the next phase of their lives.

The community has offered lots of support for the project over the past two years and we hope to see that continue through donations, grants and volunteer hours.

Especially in our current climate of highly politicized division, supporting the men and women our military is something we hope becomes ingrained in all our citizens. Their sacrifices pay for our freedoms and that means we can all help support them on the path back.