Vet Hunger Strike: surplus military housing destruction protested

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Sun, 21 Mar 1999 20:49:46 -0800 (PST)


FWD
Subject: Vet Hunger Strike
From: "NVF" <nvffunding@hotmail.com>
Date: 1999/03/20
Newsgroups: alt.war.vietnam

VIETNAM VETERAN ON HUNGER STRIKE PROTESTING
THE SENSELESS DESTRUCTION OF SURPLUS MILITARY HOUSING

Los Angeles -- A recent Los Angeles City Council Committee meeting has
prompted long time veterans' advocate, John Keaveney to undergo a hunger
strike.  The panel, overseen by Councilman Rudy Svorinich, has been moving
forward in the destruction of nearly 40 million dollars worth of surplus
military housing in the San Pedro area, which could be used for affordable
housing.  Keaveney, 49 years-old, has been camping in front of the San Pedro
housing site since March 17 and will remain there until the City Council
compromises its position.  The protest intends to bring awareness to the
needs of affordable housing and viable service programs for disabled
veterans.

Keaveney is working alongside veterans groups and elected officials for
legislation on both the state and national level to give veterans a priority
when surplus housing becomes available.  According to statistics, the City
and County of  Los Angeles has a great need for affordable housing with
87,000 people on section 8 housing waiting lists and over 83,000 homeless in
Los Angeles (36,000 of that population are veterans).

The National Veterans Foundation's Mike Young says that: "We are supporting
Keaveney's effort to bring attention to an important issue that needs to be
addressed.  There are huge amounts of surplus property and habitable
structures from base closures all across the U.S., and we need to make sure
that these irreplaceable resources are not misused.  It is unfortunate that
it takes a hunger strike to bring this injustice to the surface."

Contact: Robert Surrells (310) 914-4045 or John Keaveney (310) 429-0874

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