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Grand opening of Lynchburg VA Veterans Home reflects show of support for homeless Veterans

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Some homeless Veterans in the area will soon have a place to live, after several organizations opened a Veterans Home on Craddock Street.

The Lighthouse Community Center, Lynchburg Area Veterans Council, city leaders and other groups celebrated the grand opening of the new home to help homeless and incarcerated Veterans.

"Can God do it, or what? God can do it if you allow it," said Finny Mathew with The Lighthouse. He said the organization acquired the property from Judy Terry, paying off the balance of about $23,000.00.

Mathew said Terry also donated the property located next door to the Veterans home to serve other homeless people.

They said homelessness is a growing problem among Veterans.

Former homeless Veteran Kevin Baudendistel says he's happy to see others getting helped out of a situation where he once found himself.

Kevin Baudendistel was one of them, and now he is thankful for a place to live and glad to show off his new apartment.

Just a few months ago, he was living at Lynchburg's Salvation Army, until the VA and local organizations helped him get a place to call home.

"So many can get help, get their foot in the door and get their life back on track. It's a good thing. I like to see stuff like this," he said.

"Remember, they're not 'those people.' They're people who have laid down their lives to protect the rest of us," said Terrick Moyer, Lighthouse Community Center and Veterans Home Director.

Congressman Denver Riggleman joined them for the ceremony.

"In the military, we never saw black white or brown, we only saw red, white and blue," said Riggleman (R-VA 5th Dist.), who served in the Air Force for 11 years.

"We're gonna take care of our Veterans at home. Homeless and incarcerated," said Thomas Current, the Lynchburg Area Veterans Council President.

Organizers said the home is about 80% complete, and at least four people who served the country are expected to occupy it in about 30 days.

The plan is to help these Veterans get back on their feet and able to thrive in society.


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