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New Sauk Centre Home For Veterans Opens [VIDEO]

Ashli Gerdes

The Eagles Nest in Sauk Centre was a dream that one mother had. It was meant to be a place where war veterans could surround themselves with people that were there to understand them and give them a home.

That dream has grown into a community support system for veterans and their families.

After countless volunteer hours, Eagles Nest program director Melony Butler received the news that she had been waiting for. The volunteers finally had a license to open up the nest.

“I was on the phone telling my brother that I had kept my promise to his dad, and to the other veterans. I called to tell them that they could come home to the nest” said Butler.

Butler made a commitment to her family as well as other veterans that she would give them a place that they could heal with honor.

“The need was getting too great, so I enrolled in school. I made it a mission because he challenged me to make a difference and to come to him with a solution. Today, we are able to offer that solution” said Butler.

Eagles Nest Treasurer Thomas Anderson thinks that the Eagles nest could be the first of many in the country.

“We may be that flagship that other communities around the country can look at and say, why aren’t we doing this? Maybe it isn’t going to be perfect right away, but as we start to figure it out and work on it, our hearts are in the right place” said Anderson.

The Eagles Nest has been a complete grassroots effort.

“Melony is so good at getting people to rally and come together for that common cause. You can see how it puts a tear in her eye. She is just overwhelmed at the response by people coming to help” said Thomas Anderson.

For more information on the Eagles Nest, you can visit their website.

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