11 Nov HELPING HOMELESS VETERANS, ONE MATTRESS AT A TIME
While Veterans Day is a time to celebrate those who have served our country in the armed forces, it is also a time to reflect on the sobering reality that approximately one-third of homeless males in the United States are veterans. Often times, the very wounds inflicted upon soldiers while they defend our country are the ones that inhibit them from successfully assimilating when they return home.
The U.S. Veterans Initiative, a Los Angeles based organization, is one of our many nonprofit partners dedicated to addressing this problem through their 17 locations across the county. Last month, the U.S. Veterans Initiative opened up its newest location in Southeast Washington D.C. with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 24. Good360 distributed 126 Tempur-Pedic mattresses to this new facility in order for them to provide permanent and temporary housing solutions for 85 veterans per day. This facility will also provide employment assistance, counseling and general support to veterans and their families.
Good360 joined former and current members of the armed forces, government officials and employees and executives of the U.S. Veterans Initiative and its partner organizations for the ceremony and tour of the new facility. Among the speakers was Darryl Vincent, former Marine and current Chief Operating Officer of the organization.
“We must no longer allow the people who defended our streets to sleep on them,” said Vincent.
On Veterans Day especially, we are honored to work with an organization like the U.S. Veterans Initiative, and look forward to seeing how their newest facility in Washington D.C. changes veterans’ lives.