Operations 2017-11-03T00:29:24+00:00

Leave No Soldier Behind

Veterans Matter operates nationwide. From Washington state to Washington, D.C. If you would like details on creating an area of operation in your region, contact us. You can find information on where the HUD-VASH vouchers are available, how many there are, and how much funding is needed to help homeless veterans throughout the nation in this document. If you want to help house a veteran TODAY, donations to Operation Greatest Need are allocated to the areas deemed most critical by Veterans Matter and the VA.
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NOTE: We are now raising the funds to house veterans receiving 2017 housing vouchers.

Donate to Operation Colorado

Operation Colorado launched when the First Nation Group/Jordan Reses Company, a full-line national distributor of medical equipment and supplies to federal government agencies, principally the Veterans Administration, donated a major gift in March 2015. While headquartered in Ann Arbor, one of the company’s main distribution facilities is located in Denver, CO, and the company wished to make a difference by housing veterans there.

In 2015, there were 92 VASH vouchers to get homeless veterans in Colorado off the streets. We housed our first veteran in Colorado the week before Independence Day 2015 – what a way to honor a veteran’s service!

Pitch in now to support the housing of our heroes in Denver and throughout Colorado. We must take care of our own!

Funding for Operation Colorado was provided by the following community partners and compassionate Americans like you.

NOTE: We are now raising the funds to house veterans receiving 2017 housing vouchers.

Donate to Operation New England

Community Funding Partners: Give US Your Poor, New England Center for Homeless Veterans, the Adam Ezra Group, and Voices for Veterans. (Goal: $30,000)

Operation New England was started when John McGah with Give US Your Poor learned of VM through Dr. Josh Baumberger with the US Interagency Council on Homelessness. John has connected VM to benefit both the New England fundraising and the national “Voices for Veterans” concert series.

The first event was the Ramble, staged by the Adam Ezra Group, and it raised $15,000. Five veterans and veteran families were housed the first two weeks! New England takes care of its own.

Funding for Operation New England is being coordinated or provided by the following community partners and compassionate Americans like you.

NOTE: We are now raising the funds to house veterans receiving 2017 housing vouchers.

Donate to Operation Florida

NOTE: We are now raising the funds to house veterans receiving 2017 housing vouchers.

Donate to Operation North Carolina

Veterans Matter and Exchange Clubs nationwide have come together to house homeless veterans. This partnership has produced Operation North Carolina. Thanks to donations via the Exchange Club of Asheville, NC, homeless veterans in the state are now on our radar and we will get as many housed as we can! You can help, too!

Operation Greatest Need

If you want to contribute to house a veteran TODAY, and you aren’t picky about what part of the country your contribution is going toward, this is the place for you! Donations to Operation Greatest Need will be allocated to the areas deemed most critical by Veterans Matter and the VA.

NOTE: We are now raising the funds to house veterans receiving 2017 housing vouchers.

Donate to Operation Greatest Need

“Mr. Leslie,

I truly want to thank you and your music industry backers. For this social worker working with our heroes, your organization has filled a gap of financial services that had been missing in helping our veterans. So thank you and your backers for making my job a little easier to place our heroes in appropriate housing as soon as possible.

Kathleen, LCSW – VASH Program – Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center”

We believe there is no acceptable reason why any veteran should be sleeping on the streets tonight if there is something we can do about it. Join us, your gift helps them get housed. Tonight.

100% of the funds raised go to help house veterans locally, regionally or nationally, wherever the greatest need is. In other words, anywhere there is a veteran waiting for a home tonight, we will be there!

Veterans Matter is a program of 1Matters.org, a 501c3 non-profit, making your gift tax deductible.

How will your gift impact the lives of a veteran?

This short, moving video tells you how they got “Home Again: In Their Own Words.”

NOTE: We are now raising the funds to house veterans receiving 2017 housing vouchers.

Donate to Operation Ohio

Thanks to generous funding by First Nation/Jordan Reses and 2017 funding through Million Dollar Round Table, Operation Ohio continues to house our veterans as fast as possible. As of November 2017, 375 veterans have been housed in Ohio. If you too would like to give homeless veterans in Ohio a home, join Operation Ohio today!

NOTE: We are now raising the funds to house veterans receiving 2017 housing vouchers.

Donate to Operation Hometown

Operation Hometown is based out of Toledo, Ohio, serving veterans in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.

Operation Hometown Funding Partners: Toledo Community Foundation’s ProMedica Advocacy Fund ($26,250), Lucas County Veterans Service Commission ($30,000).

When the VA’s Shawn Dowling told VM founder Ken Leslie a $750 deposit was preventing two local chronically homeless veterans from being housed, with 33 more vouchers in the pipeline. Ken realized it was a simple problem with a simple solution: find money and pay the deposit to the landlord, pushing them over the threshold into that ready housing.

The next morning Ken called Barb Petee, an executive at ProMedica Health System, to get the $26,250 pilot funding from the Toledo Community Foundation’s ProMedica Advocacy Fund. With veterans waiting, he also asked her to waive the normal three month foundation due diligence process.

Seven days later, on Valentine’s Day at 5:36 pm, Barb called with full funding. Our first veteran family was housed out of the family shelter three days later. Eleven days from idea to implementation.

Funding for Operation Hometown was provided by the following community partners and compassionate Americans like you.

NOTE: We are now raising the funds to house veterans receiving 2017 housing vouchers.

Donate to Operation Oregon

Thanks to a generous anonymous donor, Operation Oregon began at the tail end of 2016. Veterans Matter quickly put the $25,000 donation to work, and in the first week of operations helped house 3 veterans. As of mid-2017, thirteen veterans have been housed in Oregon. If you too would like to give homeless veterans in Oregon a home, join Operation Oregon today.

NOTE: We are now raising the funds to house veterans receiving 2017 housing vouchers.

Donate to Operation Indiana

Anchored by John Mellencamp’s support of Veterans Matter, Indianapolis real estate agent and Veterans Matter volunteer Jodie Balber was able to raise $37,500 in just eleven hours! The first veteran to benefit, along with his wife and their three children, was housed on February 7, 2014.

In 2015, 159 HUD-VASH vouchers were available, which means that 159 veterans and their families could receive subsidized housing assistance and get off the streets. However, the HUD-VASH voucher program doesn’t cover rental deposits to landlords, a mandatory step before vets can move-in to approved housing. This is why Veterans Matter was born: to bridge the gap, fund deposits, and swiftly move our heroes off the streets and into housing. Once housed, services are lined up by the VA to help veterans and their families return to domestic autonomy.

Pitch in now to support the housing of our heroes in Indianapolis and throughout Indiana. We must take care of our own!

( John Mellencamp is helping support Operation Indiana, his hometown! )

NOTE: We are now raising the funds to house veterans receiving 2017 housing vouchers.

Donate to Operation South Carolina

NOTE: We are now raising the funds to house veterans receiving 2017 housing vouchers.

Donate to Operation Michigan

Thanks to Mitch Albom, Katy Perry, Kid Rock and Ann Arbor-based company First Nation Group/Jordan Reses, more than 200 homeless Michigan veterans and veteran families have been housed.

In the spring of 2014, best-selling author, journalist and broadcaster Mitch Albom gave Veterans Matter $15,000 to jumpstart a Michigan chapter.

“Our veterans, those men and women who have sacrificed so much to ensure our freedom, deserve better than a home on the streets. I’m happy to lend my name to an organization that is fighting to change this, and I’m honored to support them in whatever way possible,” Albom said.

This is an amazing story.

Ken received a call on a Monday from the Detroit VA saying they urgently needed our help. By Wednesday, after a coincidental call out of the blue on an unrelated topic from Dr. Chad Audi, Mitch’s partner in compassion, funding was secured to house 20 homeless Detroit veterans.

As the honorary chairman of the Michigan chapter of Veterans Matter, Albom will be expanding the reach of the innovative organization that is focused on providing housing to as many Michigan veterans as possible, as quickly as possible.

“Mitch just seriously cares. I had gotten an email on a Monday from the Detroit VA saying they needed our help. By Wednesday, Mr. Albom was all in, and we already have 16 Detroit veterans in the process of getting homes,” said Ken Leslie, founder of Veterans Matter.

Due in part to Mitch’s involvement, in early 2015 First Nation Group/Jordan Reses (an Ann Arbor, Michigan-based national distributor of medical equipment and supplies) decided to help. The company and its employees have donated more than $130,000 to house veterans and veteran families in Michigan, Houston, Ohio, Colorado and the recent funding of Operation Mississippi.

Our goal for Michigan in 2017 is to house 50 more veterans. Click the button above to help Mitch, First Nation Group/Jordan Reses and Veterans Matter do just that. Michigan takes care of its own!

NOTE: We are now raising the funds to house veterans receiving 2017 housing vouchers.

Donate to Operation Tennessee

Kix Brooks helps house homeless veterans in Tennessee!

Saddened by the fact that over 47,000 veteran men, women, and their families are living on the streets of our nation, Kix Brooks has teamed up with Veterans Matter to help do something about it, forming Operation Tennessee. In cooperation with the VA and HUD, Veterans Matter funds deposits and moves vets into housing as fast as possible. Friends and fellow artists: please join this mission. We must take care of our own! To reach out to us with comments and ideas, click here.

Watch and Share Kix’s Veterans Matter Video!

NOTE: We are now raising the funds to house veterans receiving 2017 housing vouchers.

Donate to Operation Mid-Atlantic

The Mid-Atlantic chapter was the brainstorm of Scott Vaughn and VM founder Ken Leslie. Scott met Ken in connection with the Katy Perry/Veterans Matter charity auction, which housed 22 veterans in Texas and Ohio. Scott and Ken finalized their discussions about the chapter when Ken was in Northern VA for a conference where he was featured as the keynote speaker. After the conference, Ken, Scott, and several attendees including Chris King, Cameron Kauffman, Shekinah ‘Ki’ Magee, Jane Perez, Richard Shields, Rob Benish, Rich Hernandez, and Kevin Day all teamed up to form the core of the Mid-Atlantic Operation, which focuses on ending homelessness for those veterans in the Mid-Atlantic region (Virginia and Maryland).

YOU have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those who have served our country by donating to, and helping to raise funds for, Veterans Matter, whose sole mission is to provide funding to house homeless veterans and veteran families. With this effort we are adding the Mid-Atlantic region to the list where we are working to help our homeless Veterans get off the street and into government sponsored housing.

All funds raised are sent directly to qualified landlords and serve as the security deposit on permanent housing for veterans who cannot afford the initial deposit, which is usually the missing link for these men and women to be able to get into permanent, supported housing. Veterans Matter serves as the front end gateway and integrates with programs run by the VA & HUD to provide services and support so that our veterans can get the help they need and ultimately return to domestic autonomy.

NOTE: We are now raising the funds to house veterans receiving 2017 housing vouchers.

Donate to Operation Texas

In 2015, HUD-VASH issued 461 vouchers for Texas, which meant that up to 461 vets and their families could get off the streets and into housing. However, in order for the vets to move into homes, rental deposits must be provided to landlords. These initial housing costs are not included in the HUD-VASH voucher program, which is why Dusty Hill, Kevin Maley and compassionate Americans like you are helping bridge the gap. Pitch in now to support our unhoused heroes in Houston and throughout Texas. Together we can help them get into safe, permanent housing. We must take care of our own!

ZZ Top Website: Dusty & ZZ Top join the Veterans Matter “60,000 Soldiers Housed” campaign.

ZZ Top Facebook Page: Dusty and “Chuck” Hill’s Commitment to our Homeless Veterans

Dusty’s visit with the Veterans

Funding for Operation Texas is provided by the following community partners and compassionate Americans like you.

(Left to Right: Gary Fruchtman, Jeri Gates, Ken Leslie, Kirk Wilkington, Chuck Hill, Dusty Hill, Buddy Johnson, Sheri Henderson, Dave Henderson, & Kevin MaleyDusty Hill of ZZ Top caught wind of the Veterans Matter program through Bob Merlis, a Los Angeles-based music industry publicist and 1Matters board member. After visiting with Ken and several veterans housed by the pilot program in Toledo, OH, Dusty pledged to convene a chapter in Houston to house Houston veterans. Local businessman Kevin Maley was recruited to join Dusty and in less than 10 phone calls, the team raised over $55,000, which housed 75 Houston veterans and their families. Shortly after, David Rein Henderson and his firm Infinity 3D gifted their services to produce the “How It Works” Veterans Matter video. Since then, over $100,000 has been raised for the Houston area, housing more than 500 veterans and their spouses and children.)

NOTE: We are now raising the funds to house veterans receiving 2017 housing vouchers.

Donate to Operation Mississippi

Operation Mississippi was launched when the First Nation Group/Jordan Reses Company, a national distributor of medical equipment and supplies, responded to an urgent need and donated a major gift in August 2015 to house 25 local veterans.

Pitch in now to support the housing of our heroes in Jackson, Gulfport and throughout Mississippi. We must take care of our own!

Founding funding for Operation Mississippi was provided by the following community partners and compassionate Americans like you.

NOTE: We are now raising the funds to house veterans receiving 2017 housing vouchers.

Donate to Operation Washington

Operation Washington was started by a Veterans Matter volunteer to help make a difference in Washington state. With roots in the music industry, she enlisted country music icon Kix Brooks to help raise awareness for our cause and connected us with Cumulus Media and grants from Charity USA, now invaluable supporters.

Hearts of gratitude go out to our Washington Operations team Phillip Runyan, Jean Mollmann, Evelyn Jensen, and Glen Rinzler.