Posted: Friday, October 22nd, 2010 at 6:26 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS News-Samantha Smith
A press conference was held in Des Moines yesterday followed by a public meeting in Knoxville to formally present a proposal for use of the Knoxville VA campus. Bob Krause, a former state president of the Reserve Officers Association, former state chair of the Iowa Democratic Veterans caucus and former U.S. Senate candidate, presented his plan for a Veterans National Recovery Center in Knoxville. The recovery center would serve homeless and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder veterans by providing training, counseling and personal connectivity to prepare them to productively re-enter the workforce. The proposal states that the integrated services center would serve as a transitional program where homeless veterans and those at risk of homelessness would be able to stay for up to two years. By using the Knoxville VA campus, Krause says the VNRC could house between 900 and 1,400 veterans and their families. Krause plans to submit his proposal to the Department of Veterans Affairs and hopes to lease the facility for $1.00 per year for a 20 year term. Another public meeting will be held on November 3rd at 6pm at the Swamp Fox Pub and Grill followed by a public hearing with VA officials about Extended Use Lease of the campus on November 4th at 7pm in VA building 173.