Homeless Veterans Need Your Help
Here's what's needed, according to Veterans-For-Change:
- Cream rinse
- Shaving Cream
- Food gift cards (McDonalds, Carls Jr., Burger King, etc.)
Veterans-For-Change volunteers will be taking the backpacks, filling them with the above items and giving them out to the needy. The packs will be assembled from noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 10212 Stanford Ave., Garden Grove.
The nonprofit believes many people mistakenly believe those fighting in America's war return to find work and stable living conditions, while the military veterans wrongly conclude this nation takes care of all of them. "The cold reality is 23 percent of the homeless are veterans," notes Veterans-For-Change.
The group points to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans website, which shows that of the homeless veterans, 47 percent served during the Vietnam era, 17 percent served post-Vietnam and 76 percent experience alcohol, drug, or mental health problems. The Veterans Administration estimates that 107,000 homeless veterans sought assistance in 2009.
The VA also found that most of the assistance these veterans receive is from local, nonprofit, veterans-helping-veterans organizations. Veterans-For-Change calls its current mission the Homeless Heroes Back Pack Program. It has partnered with Young Marines, Southern California Gas, the county Health and Human Services agency and the Anaheim and Garden Grove police departments.
Helping veterans is personal for Davis. His father, USMC MGySgt. Lesley Davis (Ret.), also worked to help veterans, their spouses, children and widows all receive the benefits, medical care and attention and proper facilities from the VA they had coming to them--until he died in 2006 from ALS caused by Agent Orange..
If you'd like to help Veterans-For-Change, email Jim Davis or go to his blog and look for the donate button on the left-hand side.