During the Pandemic and beyond the need to help Veterans increases daily. In this past quarter we helped 3 Homeless Veterans secure housing and while they were waiting we placed them in hotels for 2-3 weeks at a time. These Veterans had nothing when we met them, they had lost all of their personal belongings due to one thing or another so after we housed them we helped to furnish their apartments with dishes, pots and pans, beds, bedding, couches, dining room tables and chairs and even bought them food.
When we do this work we see people at their worst and hopefully we change their lives for the better, but this work is difficult and it becomes even more challenging with rising rents and increases in everything from food to clothing to household supplies. We could not do this great work without your great support so thank you for donating to this worthy cause your donations do make a difference!
The photo is a picture of one of the Veterans we helped with your donations, most Veterans don't want us to share their pictures as they get embarassed that they even had to ask for help after serving their country.
This quarter due to the housing crisis we housed 2 homeless Veterans in Hotels for a 3 week stay, one in November, one in December. The total amount of those stays was $6,500.00. These hotel stay were necessary because their is a huge lack of affordable housing and these two Veterans had challenges such as evictions and other issues related to housing. We worked with housing partners during the time these Veterans were in the hotel to negotitate with landlords to get them into permanent housing as well as to get them connected to a payee so to insure their rent is paid and they remain housed.
We also paid Utility bills for 3 Veterans totally $1,500.00 who were having their utilites turned off.
Thanks everyone for all of your help in making these life changing donations a reality, without your help we would not be able to make a difference in these Veterans lives!
When Veterans are discharged from the military most non-veteran personnel thinks the transition from Military to Civilian life is easy and once a Veteran is discharged they just go back to their regular lives, if only that were the case. Most Veterans because of the structure of military life have difficulty adjusting to a "regular life". In most cases the duties they performed when they were in the military don't equate to a regular career, so retraining has to happen if the Veteran has not been affected by PTSD and war.
Most of the Veteran clients we see need help with housing, food, paying rent and mortgage and car payments, for some the need is greater the following is a list of the help that we were able to provide to Veterans this quarter because of your generous donations:
One of our Veterans lost his spouse due to COVID-19 we helped pay for her funeral: $2,850.00
One Veterans needed help with his electric bill we paid $375 to get it current and to get the power switched back on.
One Veteran needed a PTSD Dog so he could cope with every day life, we helped pay for the adoption fees, dog food and Vet visit so the dog was up to date on it's shots: $475.00
What we do makes a difference, what we do changes lives, but we could not do this without your donations, thank you so much for your much needed donations we are making a difference!
Many Veterans struggle on a daily basis, this is the list of Veterans we assisted this quarter:
1.) Replaced an 80 old Veterans Roof & interior drwywall due to water damage: $4,000.00
(This was a trailer and not a house, the trailer had skylights that is why the drywall needed to be redone in some places)
2.) Pumped out a 100% disabled Veterans Spetic tank & paid for repairs: $480.00
3.) Fixed a Disabled Veterans A/C Unit that was hit by lightning $850.00
4.) Paid to have a disabled Veteran's Electric turned back on $375.00
We receive many calls for assistance to help Veterans surprisingly enough they are some of the lowest income individuals and most have given their all for their Country. Thankfully the Assistance from The Veterans Assistance Fund made it easy to assist these Veterans have some sense of normalcy in their lives. Thank you all for your donations to make this assistance possible!
This last few months have been especially trying for many people, but many Veterans have been struggling more than others to make ends meet, with your gracious support we were able to help the following Veterans:
Female Veteran with car repairs $350.00
Male Veteran with Car repairs: $395.00
Male Homeless Veteran stranded on a weekend needing help with hotel bill: $300.00
Veteran who needed plane ticket to attend his brother's funeral who died of COVID-19: $300.00
100% disabled Veteran that has been living with no electric for several months we paid to have his electric box rewired and fixed: $3,500.00
We could not provide this help without your assistance, your donations do make a difference and we appreciate all you do to support Veterans in Need, Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
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