Lakeshore Foundation unveils cottages for veterans

HOMEWOOD, AL (WBRC) - Many severely injured veterans from across the country come to the Lakeshore Foundation in Homewood for sports, fitness and recreation. This Veterans Day, Lakeshore held a dedication ceremony to do even more to help those vets and their families.

The new development is called "Cottages of Lakeshore." Two cottages and four duplexes will house up to ten families of veterans who come to Lakeshore for help. The buildings officially opened this week and a dedication ceremony was held on the morning of Veterans Day.
       
Family members of veterans helped cut the ribbon on the Cottages of Lakeshore. It was a part of a moving ceremony where the rehabilitation facility paid tribute to veterans.

Since 2006 more than a thousand veterans have gone through lakeshore's Operation: Lima Foxtrot program. This program offers injured vets recreation, sports and fitness programs.

The building will give families a chance to live together as family rather than in Lakeshore's dormitories.

"It's much more therapeutic," said Army veteran Paul Thurmond. "My family can participate in the things I participate in. It's not by myself. My family is beside me to help me with what I need to do."

A Birmingham development company, Capstone, spear headed a $2 million fund raising effort for the cottages and duplexes. So much money was raised, there are funds left over to help with the up keep of the buildings.

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