Kansas City Star
May 10, 2018
It's been about 15 weeks since the first group of vets moved into the village's 13 houses. The privately funded experiment conceived by local veterans has captured the world's attention, garnering coverage from CNN and Time.As rain slashed sideways and tornado sirens blared, Army veteran Larry Johnson worried recently that his new tiny house, just 240 square feet, might fly away.
Though they were strangers before they moved in, the residents' military camaraderie is apparent right away: Lots of cussing, rising early, attending classes. Already, a resident known as "the Mayor" has cooked meals for others.
When he stepped out into the next morning's calm, all was fine in the upstart Veterans Community Project in south Kansas City.
One of his 12 neighbors in the community, which provides transitional shelter and other aid to homeless veterans, shouted out to Johnson: "Hey, you still on the ground!"
Grounding is what the veterans village is all about.
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