BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WNKY) — An anonymous donor reached out to the Bowling Green VA Clinic and asked what they would do if he donated a substantial amount of money to help veterans.
Without hesitation, the woman answering the phone said she would provide housing for homeless veterans who have families.
“Housing, the transitional homes for our veterans with families is something that’s been needed for quite some time,” Penny Ritchie, the operations manager for the clinic, told WNKY. “We have not had anything like that. In this region there’s nothing in the Kentucky area that will house veterans with families.”
The anonymous Bowling Green businessman donated $270,000. The majority of that money will pay the rent on apartments that will be provided to homeless veterans with families for 90 days while they get on their feet.
Some of the money will be used to provide transportation for veterans here who need medical treatment from the Nashville, Tenn. area VA hospitals and a portion of it will help keep the store running.
The VA can't take monetary donations but a local veterans group, the Kentucky Veterans Brigade can. They will be in charge of distributing the money.