Federal decision takes land away from...

Federal decision takes land away from veterans home

There are 8 comments on the LA Daily News story from Mar 10, 2008, titled Federal decision takes land away from veterans home. In it, LA Daily News reports that:

Veterans held a protest in front of the National Veterans Home on Wilshire Boulevard in Brentwood against the plan to convert part of the land into a community park.

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Russ Alben


#1 Mar 10, 2008
Dear Ms. Doyle.

Like most of the Veteran's Park Conservancy Board of Directors, I am a veteran.

I have worked for more than 15 years to achieve our objective to prevent the VA property from being sold to commercial
developers who had plans to build what would have been another Century City on land deeded in perpetuity to veterans.
We stopped a group of developers who wanted to build a 100,000 seat NFL Stadium on the property. We raised private
funds from the community to restore the National Cemetery and build a new Los Angeles National Veterans Park.

Our new plan is consistent with our long term efforts to work with Veterans Administration officials who have supported
our plans to restore the rehabilitative environment first established in the 1880s when the Pacific Home for Disabled
Veterans of the Civil War was built on the same site.

I drove past the property on Sunday and was saddened to see protesting veterans carrying signs with the plea to
"Save The Home". It is ironic that The Veterans Park Conservancy was a prime mover in the re-establishment of a
new California State Veterans Hospital being built right now on the same land!

I am writing to report the facts your readers need to know.

Russ Alben, Veteran, US Army Enlisted Reserve
Son of Miles Alben, Veteran US Navy WW I
Nephew of Bud H. Alben, US Infantry, killed in France,- WW I


#2 Mar 10, 2008
this is nothing more than the continuation of the looting of the public trust, in this case its vetrans who are the losers
Francisco Juarez

Pico Rivera, CA

#3 Mar 11, 2008
The moral issue of keeping promises to American Military Veterans and Veteran patients is right before you in this matter. America has fallend asleep at the wheel in believing that American Veterans are well cared for. The fact is that carpet-bag bureaucrats and double talking politicians have helped themselves to resources that were donated to the federal government for Veteran care and no one is the wiser. Good old boys clubs, too, slept at the wheel, or, whatever power or perks they receive for wearing a "hat" has caused them to be part of the problem. The fact is that no one gives a rats posterior about Veterans and that, in and of itself, is a symptom of a society on the brink.
Rusty Rustan OFFE

Los Angeles, CA

#5 Mar 14, 2008
The core of the problem is the government. Pork barrel legislation is protected over the rights of healthcare for disabled veterans. It all started with the birth of the "FERES Doctrine" 1950 violating all that serve by taking away all rights to sue the government over grievances caused by combat. Medical malpractice no problem with the FERES Doctrine giving our government soverign imunity over mistakes causing death to injured soliders and veterans once in the VA. With the government having no accountability they spend money on everything else but healthcare because there legal ducks are taken care of. Ablolish the FERES Doctrine and see how fast and critical it would be to have Full Mandatory Funding for Healthcare for the military and the VA would happen. Keeping LA Veterans Home open would be necessary to establish perfect care for past, present and future disabled veterans of America.

Rusty Rustan, California Director of Operations OFFE
Daniel Cano

Long Beach, CA

#6 Mar 15, 2008
In reply to Mr. Doyle, the VPC did a wonderful job of assisting "various" residents' and veterans' groups is stopping the sale of VA property to commercial interests. This cooperation is appreciated. What Mr. Doyle fails to talk about are VPC plans for the VA property. On its recently removed website, the VPC proposed and designed public parkland that would include many more than just 16 acres of land now being disputed. The VPC needs to stop hiding behind veterans (who live in Brentwood and would benefit from the parkland much more than would disabled veterans who don't live in Brentwood)and tell the truth. The VPC wants most of the VA land for its residents. Informed veterans' groups have been follwoing the VA land give-away for over twenty years, since the first acres were nearly freely given to Brentwood School and UCLA baseball. The scandalous land deals, including the Salvation Army and other apparently humanitarian efforts, do not service veterans. No one at VA will account for the income earned from those enterprises or or how they benefit veterans. We will continue to protest to show the public the truth.
Jon W

United States

#7 Mar 21, 2008
It would appear that the looney liberals of California have agains declared war on veterans. First San Fran tried to deny naval ships access to their harbor, later they denied military forces permission to march in a local parade. More recently Berkeley wanted to oust Marine Recruiters, or put them in cages (what gentle souls these liberals be???). Now the people of the left coast don't want veterans homes in their neighborhoods.
I have a counter proposal, send the veterans home to us here in Kentucky. Then the Californians won't have to tolerate the people who provide for their defense. Along with the veterans home they can move Fort Irwin, Twenty Nine Palms, San Diego Naval yard and Camp Pendleton, along with all other U.S. Military bases out of California and send them to states who appreciate the service members, of course, with all of those bases will also have to go the service memebers, their families and their paychecks, alsong with all of the Federal funds that are used to support the bases. If California doesn't want our military in their state, they don't need the Federal dollars that come as part of the package.
In Fact, since large cities like L.A., S.F./Oakland, and others have high crime rates maybe we need to withdraw all U.S. personnel from California, since it is at times less safe than Iraq. I keep hoping for "The Big One" to hit that state so maybe it will break off to an island and become it's own little Socialist Utopia.

Pomona, CA

#8 Apr 7, 2008
I stopped by the protest yesterday, 4-6-08, and heard the stories of the Veterans involved. It seems that the park in question is one of the most valuable pieces of land on the entire west coast. So now people want to take it away from Veterans and make it a park. The cost of war is expensive, and life can never have a price tag. Yet it seems the city of Brentwood has done just that, they put a price on our fallen Soldiers. Right now the gate is locked and the park may not be entered by Veterans or anyone else. What gives?

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

#9 Oct 11, 2008
Nobody is mentioning it is a "Memorial Park" for the veterans...It ties the VA with the city.

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