Veterans Ron Powers, from left, Ron Fryer and Michael Stacey talk about their idea for a microhome village for veterans in the West Minnehaha neighborhood in Vancouver.

Veterans Ron Powers, from left, Ron Fryer and Michael Stacey talk about their idea for a microhome village for veterans in the West Minnehaha neighborhood in Vancouver.

Amanda Cowan/The Columbian

When Michael Stacey returned from the Vietnam War in 1973, he was proudly wearing his uniform as he stepped off the plane. The reaction from the public was disheartening.

Strangers spit on him and called him names, he said. He went home, took off his uniform and never put it on again. But he remembered the feeling and vowed to treat other veterans with dignity and respect.

Today, that promise has manifested into a dream that he’s hoping is getting closer to reality: a village made up of microhomes to house homeless veterans.

Stacey formed a nonprofit, PureKraze Events for Veterans, and with the help of others, including other veterans, he’s hoping within a year he will have 18 permanent microhomes where homeless female veterans can live as long as they want.

Read more at The Columbian.