Veterans Gather Raise Awareness About Funding

5 years 11 months 4 days ago Wednesday, September 14 2011 Sep 14, 2011 Wednesday, September 14, 2011 11:50:00 AM CDT September 14, 2011 in News
By: Victoria Craig
loading

COLUMBIA - Members from many Missouri veterans groups across the state gathered at the state Capitol in Jefferson City Wednesday morning.

Hundreds of veterans packed the rotunda as part of an effort to raise awareness about funding for veterans' programs. The Missouri Association of Veterans Organization hopes lawmakers will find a dedicated funding source for the Missouri Veterans Commission Captial Improvement Trust Fund. If no new funding is allocated by 2013, money that goes to fund veterans' homes and cemeteries in Missouri will run out. 

Susan Eveland is a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Her father, a war veteran, lives in a veterans home in Warrensberg. She said if funding is cut and that veterans' home closes, her father won't have any place to go. Unable to care for him herself, Eveland said she'll have to find another home, which she believes, will be hard to match the quality of the facility and care her father receives now. Adding to the already difficult situation Eveland faces, her father is an Alzheimer's patient, and moving him to a new location at 91 years old would be extremely difficult on him, she said.

Eveland attended the gathering at the Capitol and believes strength in numbers and word of mouth are essential to urge lawmakers to take action. She spoke to both of her representatives Wednesday afternoon after making the more than three hour drive to Jefferson City from Kearney. Armed with her father's photograph and a proposal to her legislators, Eveland hoped to make an impression, and a request they couldn't refuse.

T.J. Berry is Eveland's House representative. After speaking with her today, Berry said he has no doubt his fellow lawmakers will find a way to fund veterans' homes and cemeteries. He said it's something they can do to help the people who fought for their freedom.

Berry said if any action is taken, it won't be until January when the Missouri legislature is back in session.

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's child abuse hotline now accepts out-of-state calls. First lady Sheena Greitens said she learned... More >>
57 minutes ago Saturday, August 19 2017 Aug 19, 2017 Saturday, August 19, 2017 11:06:17 AM CDT August 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – The University of Missouri will host and sponsor numerous events this weekend leading up to Monday’s total solar... More >>
1 hour ago Saturday, August 19 2017 Aug 19, 2017 Saturday, August 19, 2017 10:58:00 AM CDT August 19, 2017 in News
CHAFFEE (AP) — A southeast Missouri man is facing murder conspiracy charges for allegedly trying to hire a hit man... More >>
1 hour ago Saturday, August 19 2017 Aug 19, 2017 Saturday, August 19, 2017 10:55:54 AM CDT August 19, 2017 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — In towns and cities along the path of the solar eclipse, some school districts are seizing... More >>
1 hour ago Saturday, August 19 2017 Aug 19, 2017 Saturday, August 19, 2017 10:47:03 AM CDT August 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Firefighters will be hitting the street with their boots in their hands. Columbia Fire Department will... More >>
7 hours ago Saturday, August 19 2017 Aug 19, 2017 Saturday, August 19, 2017 5:00:00 AM CDT August 19, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Helias Catholic High School won’t have to borrow Jefferson City High School’s stadium anymore after it opened... More >>
16 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 7:18:00 PM CDT August 18, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri State Parks officials say they can't verify that solar eclipse glasses the agency sold meet... More >>
17 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 6:48:40 PM CDT August 18, 2017 in Eclipse Events
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Attorneys for a Missouri man convicted of killing a former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter 19 years... More >>
17 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 6:30:00 PM CDT August 18, 2017 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - Seth MacVittie, 36, of Fulton, is under investigation of escape from the Callaway County Jail Friday. ... More >>
17 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 6:07:00 PM CDT August 18, 2017 in News
PETTIS COUNTY - The man shot and killed at a trailer park outside the Sedalia city limits Thursday afternoon has... More >>
18 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 5:12:00 PM CDT August 18, 2017 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - UPDATE: The suspect is now in custody and was processed in the Boone County Jail Friday evening. ... More >>
19 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 4:16:00 PM CDT August 18, 2017 in Top Stories
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Two U.S. senators from Kansas and Missouri say an emphasis on protecting the nation's food supply... More >>
19 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 4:11:00 PM CDT August 18, 2017 in News
FULTON - Dr. Benjamin Ola Akande stepped down as the 21st president of Westminster College Friday to pursue jobs in... More >>
20 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 4:03:00 PM CDT August 18, 2017 in Continuous News
BOONE COUNTY – Attorney General Josh Hawley’s voting in the special election on Aug. 8 is being called into question.... More >>
20 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 3:35:00 PM CDT August 18, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri lawmaker who temporarily posted a Facebook comment hoping for President Donald Trump's assassination could... More >>
20 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 3:06:00 PM CDT August 18, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS — Two St. Louis police officers are injured after a car crashed into their police car. Police... More >>
22 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 1:33:30 PM CDT August 18, 2017 in News
WASHINGTON- President Donald Trump has fired controversial White House Chief Strategist Steven Bannon, multiple sources reported Friday. Bannon was... More >>
22 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 1:08:00 PM CDT August 18, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - A police investigation has prompted a modified lockdown at Russell Boulevard Elementary School. Columbia Public Schools spokeswoman... More >>
23 hours ago Friday, August 18 2017 Aug 18, 2017 Friday, August 18, 2017 12:39:31 PM CDT August 18, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 82°
12pm 83°
1pm 85°
2pm 86°
3pm 88°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

11:30a
English Premier League Soccer
1:30p
Premier League Goal Zone
2:00p
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross
11:30a
Unlikely Animal Friends
12:00p
Paid Program
12:30p
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

6:00p
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
7:00p
Family Guy
7:30p
Family Guy
8:00p
Bob's Burgers
8:30p
Bob's Burgers
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld