Reader (and neighbor, although I have never met him) TosaGuy tells us about the VA buildings. Thanks for the information, TG.
"The buildings were constructed in the 1860s and 1870s as the Civil War National Soldiers' Home. Disabled soldiers, primarily amputees, were provided a home and a very small stipend to live on. This was the second of 6 or 7 of these facilities built throughout the country after the war. It was the precursor to the VA. This parcel was well out of town when built and Milwaukeans would travel there for an afternoon outdoors. This was in a day before there was a park system. The veterans would put on concerts and other activities for entertainment and the place was a centerpiece of 4th of July festivities for many years. National Ave got its name because it was the route to the home."
SH pointed out that before they tore down the county stadium and built Miller Park in its place, you could watch baseball games from the VA grounds.
I went to the VA today to meet my dad's cousin for lunch. The company was very nice; the food -- well, all I can say is haven't our vets suffered enough? I mean, seriously, is that the best you can do for these guys?
The campus is gorgeous. I have no idea what these buildings are but they are pretty.
Then there is the national cemetery there.
With a great view of the ballpark. Again -- is this season the best the Brewers could do for our vets?
PS To the otherwise sweet old guy in the church book club who scolded his grandson for joining the Army "because you know I hate war." People don't join the military because they love war. Indeed, they probably want it less than most because they are the ones who get shot at when we have one.