Urgent Note from Ken Leslie, Advocate-in-Chief
This is probably one of the hardest messages I’ve had to write since we started Veterans Matter. . . It is hard because when the veterans need us most, we will help them the least.
Meaning veterans will die because we won’t be able to be there.
The reasons are obvious. Like most non-profits, we will be losing nearly half of our revenue this year due to cancelled internal fundraisers, partner fundraisers, as well as corporate and veteran service group fundraising events and campaigns.
COVID-19 has put our nation’s homeless veterans at risk of life or death. It breaks my heart that when they need us most, we can help them least. But we will never quit fighting for the veterans, just as they never quit fighting for us.
We have been fortunate to receive the Small Business Administration PPP funds, which has allowed us to maintain full staff and allows them to take care of their families with full pay until June 30th.
Effective July 1st, we will have salary reductions and layoffs, which were volunteered individually by this incredible staff. The depth will be based what we, you, and I have been able to do to raise the funds to house more veterans.
When you know veterans will die if you don’t, you just do. Let’s do it!