Housing and wellness center for veterans, families under construction in Gentilly
NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Construction is underway for a 5.5-acre home in Gentilly for veterans, their families and the community members who will volunteer there.
Bastion Community of Resilience will include 78 residential units and a wellness center. Construction will take place in two phases, with the first phase of 38 residential units breaking ground today (June 21, 2016).
At least half of the community’s residences will serve as homes for veterans and their families, while the remainder will house community members willing to volunteer at least six hours each week to assist their neighbors.
Essentially, it’s a neighborhood for returning vets and their families.
“The trauma of war reaches beyond the borders of Iraq and Afghanistan and into the homes of our military families,” said Dylan Tête, a West Point graduate, Army veteran, and Bastion’s founder and executive director. “We’re building here first because New Orleans is a city that is familiar with trauma. But more importantly, the people here understand and practice community which is vital to the recovery and reintegration of injured veterans and families. This dream began five years ago, and I am humbled by our many supporters who always believed in our mission and the warriors and families with whom we serve.”
The Bastion site in New Orleans will be the first of its kind, though the founders are looking at other sites across the country.
The property is approximately one mile from City Park and Bayou St. John and a 10-minute drive from the new VA Medical Center.