• Thanks to Grant, Vets to Restore Ft. Ord Briefing Room

    A major grant to the Veterans Transition Center (VTC) will help restore a historic Fort Ord briefing room.  The $50,000 grant is from Monterey Peninsula Foundation, host of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

    “This financial help will enable us to restore the outdated and unused Martinez Hall main briefing room into a multi-purpose facility to benefit veterans and veteran groups,” said Terry Bare, VTC executive director.  “Restoring Improvements will allow for more training and rehab services to take place, as well as serve the entire community by creating an income-generating facility to serve veterans and social service groups. Such continued financial assistance is vital and greatly appreciated.”

    Fort Ord served as a basic training center for an estimated 1.5 million American military personnel from 1940 through 1975 and Martinez Hall, just off Imjin Parkway, now serves as VTC primary offices.  After years of nonuse, major repairs are being made to the entire structure.

    “Monterey Peninsula Foundation continues to provide significant and vital support to veterans and their families in Monterey County,” Bare said. “VTC consistently has 50 to 55 clients in transitional housing at VTC Fort Ord, and we are seeing much younger homeless and imminently-homeless veterans on a daily basis. Financial support is vital. Approximately 1,200 veterans entered our doors last year for information, potential housing, food, clothing and other assistance.”

    The Monterey County VTC is one of the few programs in the nation to accept veterans and their families, in addition to single male and female veterans. Program goals are to rehabilitate, so veterans exit the program clean and sober, with employment or other income, and have permanent housing for up to a year after leaving.  During the last 5 years, VTC has been more than 90 percent successful in achieving these goals and has been noted by the Department of Veterans Affairs as one of the top programs in the nation.

    Additional program and donation information is at www.vtcmonterey.org.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on October 26, 2015

    Topics: Front PG News

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