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VA of Salt Lake City Dedicates New Homeless Center

Homeless Veterans in Salt Lake City now have a better chance to get into a warm place to live just as winter weather approaches. The VA Salt Lake City Health Care System along the Housing Authority of Salt Lake City dedicated the new 72 room Valor House today. The Director of the Utah Division of Housing and Community Development, Gordon Walker, says the state is very close to serving every veteran’s needs for transitional and permanent housing and on track to end homelessness in Utah with the 10-year plan. US Navy Veteran Dawn Hemphill is a former homeless drug addict. She says the VA’s Health Care System works because it’s so broad scoped.

"When I got here I felt like, literally the system, the VA healthcare system, they wrapped their arms around me and they wrapped their arms tight," she says.

Hemphill is now working for the VA to help other veterans get off the streets and get the assistance they need. Valor House was built on donated land within walking distance of the VA Medical Center with funding from various federal and state agencies as well private entities including Zion’s Bank.

Bob Nelson is a graduate of the University of Utah with a BA in mass communications. He began his radio career at KUER in 1978 when it was still in Kingsbury Hall. That’s also where he met his wife, Maria Shilaos, in 1981. Bob left KUER for commercial radio where he worked for 25 years, and he is thrilled to be back at KUER. Bob and his family are part of an explorer group, fondly known as The Hordes and Masses, which has been seeking out ghost towns and little-known places in Utah for more than twenty years.
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