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.