Veterans Matter to Celebrate 4,000 Vets Housed with Virtual Walk and Rally on Veterans Day
(Toledo, OH) Veterans Matter – National Homeless Veterans Housing Program, a nonprofit organization located in Toledo, OH, announced they have now housed over 4,000 homeless veterans in 25 state nationwide.
This milestone will be recognized at the group’s “Virtual Walk – With a Twist,” to be held on Veterans Day at 5:30 p.m. Due to the pandemic, Tent City and its 30th Year Anniversary Celebration was postponed to next year. But homeless veterans need us now more than ever. . . so rather than cancel the walk, they were able to make it virtual.
The “twist” is that ten individuals, representing Veterans Matter’s various collaborative partners, including a formerly homeless veteran, the VA, Veterans Service groups and others, will participate in the live-streamed, socially distance one-mile walk. Every 1/10th of a mile, each individual will talk about what the impact of the program means to them.
“Giving credit where credit is due, these veterans were housed by every person who has ever donated,” says Ken Leslie, Founder of Veterans Matter. “We just created the system that allows donors to directly help the veterans who have nowhere else to go, over 4,000 times.”
Due to the pandemic many companies and groups are not able to conduct their normal in person events. “They will be joining us to fundraise for the walk because now is when the veterans need us most,” said Leslie.
Following the walk, at 7:00 p.m. will also be the virtual version of the 5th annual “11/11@7 Rally”. Veterans Matter and Exchange Clubs nationwide will be hosting simultaneous fundraising events, kicked off by a live feed from Toledo.
“Right now, there are over 37,000 veterans still living on the streets, some on nothing more than a piece of cardboard. We want to rally the nation to help move every veteran from that cardboard to a headboard in a home of their own. They never quit fighting for us, we will never quit fighting for them,” said Leslie.