Support the National Veterans Recovery Center
  • Petitioned Don Zoutte

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Mayor of Knoxville
Don Zoutte

Support the National Veterans Recovery Center

    1. Natalie Wendt
    2. Petition by

      Natalie Wendt

      Berkeley, CA

After serving their country, the least veterans deserve is a place to live and help transitioning back to civilian life. Yet 1 in 4 homeless people in this country are veterans. Imagine an alternative, a place where at least 400 homeless veterans can get education, training, and a shelter focused on meeting their needs. Knoxville, Iowa could make that a reality with the creation of National Veterans Recovery Center.

The proposed location is a former veterans' hospital that boasts 163 acres and 39 buildings, plenty of space for on-site training and treatment, and possibly enough space to offer more beds after the center establishes itself. Each veteran would be able to stay for up to two years. Unfortunately, the veterans' organization isn't the only group with an eye on leasing the property. An investor group and a college are also interested in securing the government's long-term lease. Let's make sure the National Veterans Recovery Center finds a home and that homeless veterans get the center they deserve.

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    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. Salute! Iowa Non-Profit Proposes National Homeless Veterans Center

      Josie Raymond
      Petition Organizer

      Knoxville, Iowa could be transforming a former veterans' hospital into a new national center for homeless veterans with 400 beds and federally-subsidized education and treatment programs. The proposed National Veterans Recovery Center would provide...


    Reasons for signing

    • Max Waller PACOIMA, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      I am an unemployed US military veteran who lost a job to ungrateful fellow US military veterans who have become sour human beings, they know who they are, but we need to communicate better to prevent injustices such as when the WW I veterans were mistreated in the 1930s by fellow Americans. I was once stationed at Fort Campbell Kentucky.

    • Carla Compton PLACERVILLE, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Our own government sent many of our veterans into these stupid wars! So it's only right that our veterans get their fair share for crying out loud!!!

    • David Collins SAINT JOSEPH, MO
      • over 3 years ago

      Our veterans should have the same, if not better, health care and benefits that are provided (by our tax dollars) to the politicians who sent them to war, while they stand around in $1500 suits bickering about what they are going to do with money they haven't earned.

    • Martha Bird-Middleton MORGANTOWN, WV
      • over 3 years ago

      Veterans deserve our respect and the country's support to re-enter into the pattern of civilian life.

    • Deb Brown RALEIGH, NC
      • over 3 years ago

      Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity, nothing exceed the criticisms made of the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed and well-fed.

      -Hermann Melvile 1819-1891


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