General News
3:16 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Mayor Suttle announces a partnership to aid homeless veterans

There are approximately 1500 homeless veterans in Nebraska and around 200,000 nationwide.

A new partnership announced this morning would work to make Nebraska the first state to end veterans’ homelessness.  Mayor Jim Suttle and Mike Fornear of the Homeless Veterans Project, were joined by civic and business leaders to discuss the new project called “Vets Town.” 

Vets Town will offer homeless veterans the opportunity to begin again.  Services will include medical help, training and education, and peer to peer support.  Fornear says UNL Athletic Director Dr. Tom Osborne has given his full support to the project.

"The last thing Tom said to me, you have to go in with a pretty good game plan to get him to run your team.  And the last thing he said when he said 'yes,' is he said 'I am doing this because even one homeless vet in this state is one too many for me.'”

TV spots featuring Osborne will begin airing in the next few months.  Vets Town would be the first project of its kind in the country. 

Details are available online at Nebraskaforvets.org.