In April, a three-war veteran died at age 96 in the comfort of his historic farm home with his wife by his side. Not every older veteran has sunset years as comfortable as he did. Too many of our aging veterans end their lives living in substandard housing conditions and in too many cases, alone.

Over the last several months, Hero’s Bridge has highlighted the housing conditions of some of our veterans in our feature video. This video has increased the conversation about aging veterans housing conditions and affordable housing for seniors in general. Did you know that in our area there is a wait list for every ‘affordable’ senior housing community? Did you know that for one of those communities the wait list is three years? Many of our seniors will pass away before their name ever comes up on that list.

The good news is we have re-thought affordable senior housing and created a concept for a smaller more innovative way of living for our aging community. We are in the land acquisition phase for our community of tiny homes and hope to share updates on its location soon.

I am grateful to many of our Fauquier County Board of Supervisors and other community leaders for helping us think through this exciting project. They obviously care about seniors and veterans as much as we do!

In this newsletter, you will not only read about our continued care, at every level, of our veterans, but you will also find a new opportunity to help build the Village. We are offering commemorative bricks that will both honor a hero in your life and let you have an everlasting mark on our Village.

Not only will each brick literally help build the Village, but each one ordered will help raise funds for it. We have economical options for individuals and a larger option for businesses, churches, civic organizations, or larger families. We are grateful for each of our supporters and thank you for being a part of our Village. Read the newsletter.