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Missoula motel: Homeless veteran told to give up room for fans

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I received a phone call from a 61-year-old disabled veteran for whom I have been appointed to handle all financial matters. This homeless veteran is being housed in a local hotel while waiting to be processed into the over-burdened Veterans Administration system. 

The reason for his call was that he had been advised by a hotel clerk that he would have to give up his room on the weekend of the upcoming Griz/Cat game to make room for game attendees.

I hoped there was a misunderstanding. I went to the hotel and spoke to the manager, who confirmed the veteran’s room had been rented for Saturday, Nov. 17, and if necessary, he may have to give up his room on Friday, Nov. 16 to accommodate game attendees.

When asked if the room had been rented prior to the veteran’s occupancy, I received no definitive answer. I offered to pay full room rate for the two nights rather than a weekly rate with no luck.

I appreciate the revenue a Griz/Cat game brings to this community, but should we be putting a disabled veteran out on the street because there is a chance of renting the room to game attendees?

Kevin Parks,

Missoula

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