BENTONVILLE, Ark. - A Bentonville hotel has found a creative way to fill vacant rooms.
The Wingate Inn has recently opened its doors to homeless veterans in Northwest Arkansas, Southwest Missouri and Northeast Oklahoma. Nineteen of the hotel's guests are either retired military or the family member of someone who is.
The first family to move in was a husband and wife who are both veterans; they moved in on May 1. The hotel added another eleven permanent residents Tuesday night.
Steve Isaacson, who is retired from the Army himself, has been working with the hotel to find a place for veterans to sleep and get them any Veterans Administration benefits they've earned. He says if not for the Wingate opening its doors to the veterans and their families, many of them would have no where else to go.