Grayson Food Pantry Serves 52 Veterans

Today, we want to share an event that helped 52 veterans as our “Case of the Week” that took place at our Grayson KY office. The event was documented by our Regional Manager, Tammy Black.

We had our food giveaway today and were able to give over 52 veterans a full box of food. We had volunteers help them out to their cars with the food. We were able to provide fresh produce, meat, bread, snacks, and non perishable items. It makes us to happy to be able to service this many veterans in one day! One veteran with six children said without Veterans’ Outreach that he wouldn’t be able to feed his family. We say our prayers and always thank God for Veterans’ Outreach at each meal. No Veteran should go hungry!

Veteran Receives “Gift of Sight”

Today, we want to highlight a grateful veteran and his wife. This “Case of the Week” comes from our Liberty OH office as told by Teri Ely, Executive Director.

I met with Bob Julian, our Services Director, to discuss his recent case load. He shared with me a very touching Thank You card that had been mailed to our office.
The veteran could not afford new glasses, unless they used funds that were designated for their utilities and other household expenses. Bob was able to set him up with an eye exam, free glasses, help with fuel, and a tote bag of groceries from our Serve Veterans NOW Food Pantry program, made possible by Wal-mart Foundation. They were so grateful, they sent a card.

Navy Veteran Betrayed by Business Partner

Today we would like to share a “Case of the Week” from our Hartselle AL office as told by Carol Wheeler, our Office Manager.

On Tuesday, the 11th of July, we had a Navy vet stop in who had fallen on hard times. He is a carpenter by trade and he had a partner who was in the landscaping business. The partnership fell apart and the landscaper absconded with all of his tools of the carpenter trade. He had no real way of making a living, he did have a temporary sign on his truck announcing that he was a veteran looking for work.

He had fallen behind on his truck payment and his phone had been turned off. He had no way of contacting his prior customers. He stated that when his ordeal started he weighed over 300 lbs. and was now down to 220. The majority of the weight loss was due to stress and not eating.

I quickly went to our food pantry and filled up a box of groceries, mostly food that did not have to be cooked. He then proceeded to consume various food items right in the office, it was clearly evident that he had not eaten in a while. We also supplied him with tooth brushes and pastes, as well as other toiletry items. We were able to make his truck payment and also donated a little gas money. We then directed him to the HUD/Veterans Affairs to possibly help him with his phone and housing.

Veteran Needs Elder Care

Today, we would like to share a “Case of the Week” from our Sarasota FL Office, as told by Bob Graham, our Regional Manager.

The daughter of a veteran approached Veterans’ Outreach for assistance on the suggestion of the Florida American Legion. Her father is at a point in life whereas he can no longer live on his own. He needs to enter an assisted living unit due to crippling heart disease and diabetes. He suffers these ailments as a result of Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam, and cannot function on his own. His daughter has been helping him but his problems are now such that she can no longer cope, and is trying to put together sufficient resources to help him on his rent – we were the first to quickly commit to assistance.