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Beck PRIDE Center to Run Veterans' Village

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

This is A-State Connections on KASU.    Homelessness among veterans is a national problem.  One housing project is designed to help address that issue in Jonesboro and the region.  In a little over two years, homeless veterans can be placed in transitional housing called Veterans Village.  Nine homes will be built for qualifying veterans.  Those placed will receive basic necessities and services to help get them back on their feet. 

The Beck PRIDE Center at Arkansas State University provides services to veterans in the community and will run the Veterans Village.  Those include helping veterans fill out forms for benefits, a support group, and students providing services.  Director of the Beck PRIDE Center is Lynda Nash.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

The award from the Arkansas Department Finance Authority marks the first National Housing Trust fund grant issued in Arkansas.  Veterans Village is expected to be placed on Aggie Road near Arkansas State University.  A groundbreaking is to take place this summer and the project must be completed in 18 months

Johnathan Reaves is the News Director for KASU Public Radio. As part of an Air Force Family, he moved to Arkansas from Minot, North Dakota in 1986. He was first bitten by the radio bug after he graduated from Gosnell High School in 1992. While working on his undergraduate degree, he worked at KOSE, a small 1,000 watt AM commercial station in Osceola, Arkansas. Upon graduation from Arkansas State University in 1996 with a degree in Radio-Television Broadcast News, he decided that he wanted to stay in radio news. He moved to Stuttgart, Arkansas and worked for East Arkansas Broadcasters as news director and was there for 16 years.