LA vets demand housing at giant VA campus
From Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Caleb Hellerman, CNN
A veteran’s descent into homelessness

Sprawling Los Angeles property donated for war vets in 1888
ACLU sues to let thousands of homeless vets live there
“Born on the Fourth of July” vet Ron Kovic calls for “occupation” protest
VA asks judge to throw case out of court

Programming note: With an estimated 107,000 homeless vets in the U.S., Dr. Sanjay Gupta explores their daily struggles and the legal battle over a plan to help them. Watch “CNN Presents” Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Los Angeles (CNN) — The connection seems obvious: nearly 400 acres of land set aside to house veterans and thousands of veterans who need a place to call home.

But Los Angeles’ estimated 8,000 homeless vets have been barred from living at the sprawling campus for decades. The West Los Angeles property — some of the most valuable in the nation — was donated in 1888 to “establish, construct and permanently maintain” a branch of a national home for veterans, according to the original deed.

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4 Comments to “Homeless LA vets should OCCUPY abandoned VA campus”

  • Is there an Occupy WLA VA?

  • It just makes me sick, this land was donated with the very best of intentions and now this?
    They’d rather put in a private school and a golf course because that land is too valuable for the people who defended it and actually MADE it valuable! It just goes to show that no good deed goes unpunished. My wish is that every needy vet in the Southwest makes his or her way there and sets up camp. I know that together they could easily rebuild that campus to it’s former glory and make right was has been undone.

  • Lots of broken promises…sad

  • Lord of broken promises.

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