LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A special Veterans Day celebration at Veterans Village in Las Vegas included a rock 'n' roll legend.
A new type of home was revealed on Veterans Day and it's named after the icon, who has been a financial supporter of the Veterans Village. Creedence Clearwater Revival's Fogerty said he was paid for a Woodstock revival performance that never happened, so rather than keep that money, he decided to help homeless Las Vegas veterans.
"You know I went on to become a rock star, that's fine, but that's not an option for most people," Fogerty said, who is a US Navy and Vietnam veteran.
Ten new homes made out of shipping containers are set to open at Veterans Village and the first one that was revealed on Veterans Day is named for the music icon, called "The Proud Mary John Fogerty Container Home.” The goal is to start with these ten homes for homeless veterans but Arnold Stalk, founder and CEO of Veterans Village, said the model is extremely sustainable and could be used across the world as an affordable way to get people off the street.
"It’s all here, it’s all right under our nose so we need to start connecting the dots and stop complaining about the way things are and move into the future of how we can house people now," said Stalk.
The international rock 'n' roll legend is known for his hit songs, but what you may not know is about his time served in the Army and his passion for helping veterans.
"I've had countless Veterans tell me while they were in the jungle in Vietnam or other places in stress, they would listen to my music," Fogerty said.
This Veterans Day, he visited Las Vegas to play some of his biggest hit songs and to dedicate a home in his name to a veteran in need, thanks to Veteran's Village.
Fogerty and the founder of Veterans Village have teamed up to decrease veteran homelessness and honor those who served our country.
"Furthering our narrative of ending veteran homelessness respecting our veterans and honoring them," said Stalk. "There should never be a sentence in the English language that includes homelessness related to our veterans."
For years, Veterans Village has been dedicated to providing affordable housing to veterans and their families. Stalk told 13 Action News that contribution from Fogerty is priceless and a push for the bigger issue.
"As a veteran who's giving back to vets, hopefully, there will be more people like my wife and me. I really encourage people to join in and help," Fogerty said.
And because of Fogerty's donation to build a new container home at Veteran's Village - another veteran can rest a bit easier.