Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder may soon have a special place to call home in Charlotte.
Veteran advocates want to open a facility in the area to house soldiers while they undergo intense treatment for the emotional aftershock of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Lisa Stackenwalt is joining forces with the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association to bring a charity called the PTSD Foundation to Charlotte.
"Our first step is finding mentors, people willing to spend time with veterans suffering from PTSD and help them with their struggle," said Fran Petzold of GCAA.
Petzold said the second phase of the project would create apartment homes specifically for veterans suffering from PTSD. The complex would be called Camp Hope and would be modeled after a facility in Houston, Texas.
"A place for them to live and settle down, and get career guidance and mental health assistance for themselves and their families -- you know, a place to call their own," she said.
Advocates of the plan say North Carolina is the fourth-largest home of retired veterans, and those who leave the war often head to places like Charlotte to find work.
"We need to be able to manage what is about to go through Charlotte, all these soldiers returning home," said Kevin Higgins of TSH National.
The project would be funded by donations. Advocates of the project are looking for mentors to help soldiers and planning an informational meeting. To get involved, email the group at firstname.lastname@example.org.