What if Memorial Day meant SAVING veterans’ lives, not just commemorating them? Tens of thousands of former servicemen and women need our help right now if we want to make sure next Memorial Day we’re not placing flags at their graves.
In a retelling of the Good Samaritan story, a homeless man sits begging at the side of the road. A family with young children passes by, dressed in red, white, and blue, carrying small flags and similar things to wave. In a hurry to get a good spot for the Memorial Day parade, they walk by him, with only the youngest child giving him a second glance. A few minutes later, a local community leader and businessman also passes him by, too busy rehearsing his speech to be delivered at the foot of the veterans’ memorial to see the former serviceman. Finally, a woman whose son’s name is newly listed on that memorial walks past the veteran, then stops and turns around. It is her fallen son’s face she sees and his memory she honors when she skips the parade and the ceremony to talk to the homeless veteran, to hear his story and help him.
What Does Memorial Day Mean?
A veteran that was living out of his truck for more than 6 months … had zero income and was unaware of services offered by Veterans Affairs. The veteran did not have money necessary for security deposit, community services would not help due to the sustainability factor with zero income. Veterans Matter was able help this veteran by paying his security deposit. Once in his own apartment, the veteran was able to find work and continues to work on his recovery journey.