Having been homeless twice, please know that honoring our heroes is not just about those who have sacrificed their lives, but also those who have come home and now find themselves homeless and abandoned, most on skid row. I know they are there because being part of an awesome group called Monday Night Mission, we provide meals Monday-Friday from 6:30pm-9pm, some days we hand out hygiene kits and cold evenings clothing or blankets. Some of the veterans I had the pleasure of meeting, suffer from mental illness, PTSD or both. I ask, if you want to honor our vets still living, please consider volunteering at your local mission or homeless shelters, get to meet those who have done their part to secure our freedom as a nation. The chances of anyone, even our vets surviving on skid row, with no aid or access to health care, food or shelter, it is like a death sentence. They have fought wars, and they continue to fight a war within themselves. For many who have served our nation, it’s only right to serve them, in their time of need and despair. Please pay it forward.
“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” ~ John F Kennedy
This is such a great idea, I had the same idea back in 2010, with my entry into the Pepsi Refresh challenge. I’m so glad that the team at http://lavamae.org are providing this service, to all those in need. Homeless individuals and families.