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Area veterans gather for purpose

Monday, October 11, 2010

Marion "Sarge" Eveland
Approximately 20 concerned veterans and residents gathered for a meeting recently to discuss an issue important to them.

Knightsville resident Marion "Sarge" Eveland organized the meeting, which was set up to discuss the possibility of purchasing a current unoccupied building in Brazil to set up as a clinic for veterans.

"We need it," local veteran Charlie Reberger said. "There's a need for it."

The building in question is the old Clay County Health Center, located at 1408 E. Hendrix St., Brazil.

Occupants of the health facility were moved to Exceptional Living Centers, 501 S. Murphy Ave., Brazil, when that organization became the management company for Holly Hill Health Care in 2009.

Exceptional Living Centers, Inc., is based in Lexington, Ky.

Reberger, who also works for Emmert GMAC, said the building is owned by Hoosier Health Care II, Inc.

He told the audience Wednesday the building is currently valued at $500,000.

According to Reberger and Eveland, the building houses approximately 50 rooms, a kitchen, dining room, lounge, meeting room, maintenance room, laundry facilities, a therapy area, linen closets, shower facilities, bathrooms, a director's office and nursing station. Reberger said the facility sits on 4.5 acres.

According to Eveland's proposal, area homeless veterans could be housed in the facility through the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, either short term or long term, especially those needing care.

Eveland said there is a VA clinic in Terre Haute, but added it typically is "overcrowded," as are the veterans hospitals in Indianapolis and Danville, Ill.

Eveland said he believed having the facility here could "save money" in the long run for the state and federal government.

"There are numerous veterans that travel through the area that need help," Clay County Veterans Service Officer Mike Holland said.

Eveland told the crowd Wednesday he hoped to send comments and letters to the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C., in order to get the ball rolling.

"If we go to the horses' mouth, I think it would go faster," Eveland said.

Eveland said he hoped a committee could be formed from those in attendance at the recent meeting.

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Keep going, Sarge. God's been good to you and you've returned it to the community many times over!

-- Posted by Dagnabbitt on Mon, Oct 11, 2010, at 9:37 PM

I think this is a wonderful idea. Best wishes in getting it accomplished!!! Have Faith and good things will happen.

-- Posted by ugotitdude on Tue, Oct 12, 2010, at 8:11 AM

I, too, think this is one of the best ideas I've heard in a long time! Our Vets deserve this and so much more! Go get 'em, SARGE!! Hooah!

-- Posted by Emmes on Tue, Oct 12, 2010, at 10:57 AM

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