A call for the Governor to approve funding to open the Veterans Home. Wednesday morning, dozens of veterans caravan about ten miles to the brand new, 26 acre facility in southwest Fresno.
Flags waving and cars painted, over a hundred veterans and supporters send a loud and colorful message to Governor Brown. The back of one car spells it out: "Governor Brown show me the money." A crowd gathers outside the Veterans Home, where an upside down flag files as a distress call.
"We are veterans who fought for your freedom, died for your freedom, and you will not allow us into this home. That is unacceptable in my opinion," said Bill Dietzel who organized the event.
Tuesday night the State Senate approved spending $10.6 million dollars on partially opening the home. Now the Governor just needs to sign off on it. He could make his decision by Friday. With construction complete and the inside of the home nearly ready for veterans, the money would go to hire staff. Some say it's a shame to see a beautiful building being wasted.
"When you come out here and you actually see it, it's disgusting," said Patrick Miller, a supporter.
If Governor Brown approves the funding, veterans could start moving in as early as July 2013. But that amount of money would only allow the home to partially open.