St. Martin

Jun 22, 2011 6:53 PM by Melissa Hawkes

St. Martinville Veteran's Home is Falling Apart

A home used by veterans is literally falling apart. Members of St. Martinville's Veterans of Foreign War's branch said they are worried about losing it all together.

Since 1996 the house has served as home base to St. Martinville veterans, including Bryan Lasseigne, who once served in Desert Storm.

He said, "if a veteran became homeless and needed a place to stay, these people had one here."
Louisiana Guard Veteran, Lance Laviolette, said "when I came into this, it was a place that I wanted to be with a group of veterans- to hear the old stories on what happened in the past and to help the community."

Now it's ragged and worn down, from chipped paint and worn out wood on the outside to cracks in the flooring.

Lasseigne said, "we don't even have the lights turned on because we can't afford it."

Also, one of the main walls is starting to crack. They are worried if it doesn't get fixed in the next year, they whole wall might fall down.

Laviolette said the major problem is not having the man power or money to fix it. At one time there were 50 members. Now there are only eight.

"We need to be able to get the younger veterans here to get the membership up," he explained. "The old veterans-World War I and World War II-are pretty much a dieing breed."

The house is locked up now until the members can come up with the money to start renovations.
If you are interested in donating call (337) 288-1877 or (337) 201-2718.

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