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Old 11-10-2009, 07:02 PM
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PRESS RELEASE – IMMEDIATE


A Veterans Day Challenge


“Old Veterans Guard” to Challenge President Obama:

“Open These Gates and Bring Our Veterans Home!”


Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - Veterans Day / 2:00 PM

Northeast Corner of Wilshire and San Vicente Boulevards - West Los Angeles

(Outside the Los Angeles National Veterans Home / aka VA Greater West Los Angeles Healthcare System)

Organized by: “OLD VETERANS GUARD

Contact: Robert Rosebrock – Veterans Today News Network

Phone: 310-472-1717 - 310-490-6495 cell

E-mail: DutysCalling@aol.com

85-year old World War II Veteran, Dan Overmyer, has called a press conference on Veterans Day to unite fellow Veterans to declare opposition against the chained and padlocked front gates at the entry of the Los Angeles National Veterans Home while 20,000 of their fellow Veterans remain homeless on the dangerous streets of Los Angeles.

Overmyer expressed serious outrage with our government saying: "How can a nation celebrate Veterans Day when so many Veterans are homeless and their land is being given away by the VA to a wealthy homeowner group for a public park?" Is this the way America honors those who have defended the freedom and safety of all others? This is absolutely disgraceful!"

Overmyer and fellow “Old Veterans Guard” from World War II, Korea and Vietnam Wars will challenge President Barack Obama and Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to unlock the chained gates and open the Veterans Home to all disabled and homeless Veterans as exclusively promised in the Congressional Act of 1887 and the Land Grant Deed of 1888.

In a recent VA announcement, Secretary Shinseki proclaimed: “President Obama and I are personally committed to ending homelessness among Veterans within the next five years. Those who have served this nation as Veterans should never find themselves on the streets, living without care and without hope.”

Shinseki further declared: ”The VA will spend $3.2 billion next year to prevent and reduce homelessness among Veterans.” Local Veterans want a large portion of that money spent at “The Home” as it is both affectionately and reverently called, since this is the largest VA in the nation and LA has a homeless population of Veterans larger than some cities.

Ted Hayes, a long-time activist and founder of the former homeless Domed Village in downtown Los Angeles will be present to speak out against the chained gates and call for an immediate ending of Veteran homelessness by opening the front gates and creating a “Tent City” and Domed Village on 16 acres of Veterans sacred land that the VA recently leased to a wealthy Brentwood homeowner group for a public park, rent-free.

The press conference will be held on Wednesday, November 11, Veterans Day, 2:00 PM, at the Northeast corner of Wilshire and San Vicente Boulevards in West Los Angeles, adjacent to the community of Brentwood.
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