Reasons I’m voting for Rebecca Kleefisch on August 9, #51: Soldiers Home


On this day in 2016, the Alexander Company’s proposal to rehabilitate and restore six of the Milwaukee Soldiers Home District’s unused buildings for their original purpose – the service of veterans was selected.

The Soldiers Home Administration Building is located within the administrative-recreation cluster of buildings on the Soldiers Home grounds. Built in 1896, it once served as the Soldiers Home’s post office. The Administration Building was recently rehabilitated and now provides housing for 14 veterans and their families who are homeless or at risk of being homeless and the original mailboxes have been saved and restored.

I worked as an appointee of Gov. Scott Walker at WHEDA, the state housing authority. WHEDA is non-partisan and does wonders for the state of Wisconsin. One of the great WHEDA stories I was involved in was one I wrote about in the summer of 2017. As part of WHEDA’s Transform Milwaukee initiative during the Walker administration WHEDA approved financing to build apartments for veterans at the Soldiers Home complex on the grounds of the Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Milwaukee.

Rebecca was with us the day we broke ground in 2017.

Here’s the piece I wrote for WHEDA. Scroll down to Page 4.

The finished product.


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