From the Yakima Herald:
The 246th birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps was the perfect day to honor Chuck Austin and the veterans housing facility that bears his name in Yakima.
More than 100 veterans, elected officials and representatives of companies that built the Chuck Austin Place Veteran Housing and Services Center gathered on a cool and sunny Wednesday morning to remember the Yakima Marine Corps veteran and celebrate the facility’s opening.
The center boasts 41 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, a gym, laundry facilities and two community kitchens. Rent is based on income. In addition, Yakima Neighborhood Health Services operates a dental and health clinic there.
In one final speech before the ceremonial ribbon cutting, state Rep. Jeremie Dufault thanked Krueger, the building’s contractors and financers, and the state and federal officials who helped provide funding to make Chuck Austin Place a reality.
As an Army veteran who served in Kuwait and Afghanistan, Dufault said he was grateful to work with state Rep. Chris Corry and State Sen. Jim Honeyford to secure a direct appropriation of $2.5 million in state funding for the project.
“You never leave behind a fallen soldier, a fallen comrade,” Dufault said. “Today this project picks up those fallen comrades.”
Read the Yakima Herald's article "Officials dedicate Chuck Austin Place veterans housing facility in Yakima," featuring the Yakima Housing Authority.