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A local veteran group gets $2 million for transitional housing

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -

A local veteran group gets $2 million for transitional housing. The Columbia Basin Veterans Coalition just got a hefty donation of nearly $2 million from a local company to help with veteran projects. Plans are still in the beginning stages but the coalition is looking to expand some of their transitional homes.

This new $2 million donation came from the Southeastern Washington Central Labor Council. They're giving a $200,000 cash donation and a 20 year housing contract worth more than a million dollars to the veteran group.  

Right now the only house in the area for transitional vets is the Wagenaar-Pfister house in Kennewick. We're told there is a big need for more transitional housing for veterans especially for women who have served. Lt. Col. Skip Novakovich says "we will be able to expand that one house into possibly a women's facility, possibly a facility for families and maybe most importantly a facility to house students." Right now the veterans coalition is working with the donor to decide how the money will be spent.

The Columbia Basin Veterans Coalition helps hundreds of veterans in the area. They also work with soldiers to help them with job skills mentoring and providing counseling.

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