That was a major topic of discussion during the recent Davis County Democratic Party breakfast meeting at Granny Annie's restaurant, here.
The Governor and Legislature finding money to help build a soccer stadium, yet not to fund a Northern Utah veterans' hospital, had the attention of many. It was also noted that there is a need for a VA Nursing Home in St. George. as well. The abundance of surplus money and the non-commitment of the state to get the facility built is a great disappointment to many in these communities, some meeting attendees said.
Some are placing hopes such a hospital can be built in part due to a new organization called the Rose Red Foundation.
Its one purpose is to get the Veterans home built in northern Utah as soon as possible, the group was told.
The Rose Red name comes from a phrase instituted in wartime. It refers to the evacuation of the wounded. They did not want it said on the radio that they had wounded and thereby alert the enemy. It would simply be reported that there was a Rose Red condition.
"Now we have a Rose Red condition with our veterans," said Roy Brown, who is behind organization of the foundation.
Brown, who works at Hill Air Force Base, said he felt he wanted to do something for the Veterans. His father was a Marine and he felt it was time that he got involved.
With the help of some musician friends and attorney George Handy, the foundation idea was born.
"There are over two million people in the state of Utah and if each one would contribute just $10 that would build the Vets home without assistance from the government at all," Brown said.
"It is reported that Utah has the greatest per capita enlistment rate in the country but the least amount of support by the state for the military," he said. "That may sound harsh but this has been on the agenda for the Legislature for the past two to three years and nothing has happened."
Brown said he wants an awareness campaign to let people know what can be done to assist Veterans.
Ellison Lockett, Carl Christensen and Major King, three retired vets who attended the meeting, said, "We need things like this to get the information out to the veterans. This is an idea that has to be carried through to the end," said Lockett. For more information on the hospital effort, visit the Web at roseredfoundation.org.
With the end of this session of the legislature it is inevitable the minority party in the state is going to have a few things to say about what did or did not happen there. That proved true at the monthly meeting of the Davis County Democrats held at Granny Annie's restaurant in Kays-ville.
Some 40-plus of the party faithful heard about the coming fundraisers and effort to get people involved with the political process during the coming election cycle.
It was noted that "Davis County is probably the most Republican county in the state but that it will not affect how hard we work to get our people into office," said Richard Watson, party chairman for Davis County.
"We want people in the county to know there are alternative ideas and that many have merit," said one attendee.