“When I got back from Afghanistan, I promised myself that I would do whatever I could to help meet the needs of veterans. Our corner of Tennessee---Shelby, Fayette, and Tipton counties---has the largest concentration of veterans in the state, and the nearest veterans home is nearly two hours away. There’s a campaign underway now to build a veterans home here [West Tennessee Veterans Home], and we have until July to raise the remaining money to make it happen. Veterans need to be in a facility that is dedicated to their needs, where they can get skilled nursing care and rehabilitation. They need the camaraderie that comes from being with other veterans who have had similar experiences, made similar sacrifices, and suffered similar hardships.
“They deserve our help. They deserve our care. It’s not charity. It’s justice. It’s part of that unspoken contract between citizens and the people who serve them. On some level, we say to them, ‘If you go out and defend us, serve our country, and you come back, we will care for you when you need help. We’ll care for you in your old age.’ And we have to do that. We have to do it. It’s not the responsibility of the government or the President in Washington or the VA. It’s our responsibility as citizens. President Lincoln said we should 'care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan.’ It’s our responsibility, right here in Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee, because they served us, and we owe them more than just a yellow ribbon on the back of a car.”
Website: West Tennessee Veterans Home
- High Ground: West Tennessee Veterans Home plans to build new local facility (April, 2014)
- Local Memphis: Local Leaders Come Together For A Cause (Oct, 2015) - includes video
- Commercial Appeal: Shelby County Commissioners commit $145K to W. Tenn. Veterans Home (Oct, 2015)
Shelby County District Attorney General's Office, 201 Poplar, Suite 301
- Daily News: Rardin Connects Afghan Lawyers With W&L Law School (March, 2010)