ABILENE, Texas — Our service men and women are ranked among the most respected people.
So would you believe that many of them are homeless?
There was an event Saturday to help make sure that isn’t the case in Abilene.
Whether it was Vietnam or Iraq, about 1.5 million veterans are considered at risk of homelessness according to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.
Goodwill, United Way and other organizations teamed up to give back to that group of heroes.
Angela Hunt helped get the event organized and said the turnout from the community is wonderful.
“We’ve never seen partnerships like this before. This is just amazing we’re so grateful and blessed for a community like Abilene to help the veterans,” said Hunt.
Because of complications stemming from war, like post traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse and mental health disorders many veterans find themselves fighting to live normal lives, and end up homeless.
“Now the young veterans coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan and they fall into homelessness and that’s what we’re trying to prevent today,” said Hunt.
Michael Self is a war vet and used to be homeless, but he said thanks to groups like HUD and Goodwill, he’s back on his feet.
“I hope that everybody that shows up gets the help they need,” said Self.
This is the first year the VA has brought an event like this to Abilene.
Veterans had the day to receive employment assistant, dental screening, clothing, flu shots and so much more.
“It’s a miracle that things like this are here and people’s hearts are here. You wanna see their hearts? Just look around,” said Self.
If you want to help a homeless veteran the best way to do that is donate to an organization like Goodwill, United Way or the Military Partnership of West Central Texas.