Veterans can and will do amazing things for their brothers and sisters. Joe Leal is just one example of a Veteran who through the organization that he founded, has vowed to “honor his fallen comrades, by serving the living and leaving no veteran behind“. We have been following Vet Hunters for a while now and wanted to let everyone know what they are doing to better the lives of fellow Veterans. Thank you Joe and everyone else within your organization for selflessly serving the Veteran Community.
From the website VetHunters.org
Vet Hunters is a grass roots movement that was started by one soldier (Joe Leal) who vowed to honor his fallen comrades, by serving the living and leaving no veteran behind. Search and rescue missions in the streets of America were initiated and ‘vet hunting,” was born. During V.H.P’s first year of inception, hundreds of veterans have been assisted all over the U.S. the development of effective outreach and what we call “vetworking,” will continue to increase in intensity until the homeless epidemic is diminished and ultimately ended.
The words homeless and veteran should never go together! When you think of vet hunters, think of us as being like “e-harmony” of homelessness. We connect the homeless person to resources by bringing them to where the homeless veteran’s live! Our office is the streets and anywhere a homeless veteran may call home. We take the word homeless away from veteran through action. if the veteran lives under a bridge, you will find us there doing everything possible to bring our homeless heroes, home!
We are not government funded allowing us to meet the needs of veterans quickly. No red tape is how we operate.
Here is a good video from 2012 about what the Vet Hunters is all about:
Established in 2011, The Vet Hunters Project was formed as a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization with the mission of ending homelessness among Veterans/Families by shaping public policy, promoting collaboration, and building the capacity of service providers. The Vet Hunters Project encourages people to think about what they can do in the service of others. No matter your location, age, or income, you have some resource, knowledge, or ability that can be used to help someone else. The Vet Hunters Project revolves around the idea that social change starts on the individual level, and that helping even one person can lead to change in an entire community.
The way the The Vet Hunters Project helps our Veterans is through the bringing together of services with the Vets that need them. They do this through existing organizations and service providers. The Vet Hunters are the glue to help existing organizations to fill beds and help Vets with substance abuse, physical and emotional issue such as PTSD. At Vet Hunters they have a rule that they will always leave any homeless American that they interact with better than they found him/her. Every member of Vet Hunters listens to the voices of the “Invisible Heroes,” and through this, they are able to remove several obstacles in their homelessness issue. Vet Hunters will continue to hold Homeless Connect/Stand Downs to ensure the homeless are educated and provided the resiurces needed to end their homelessness.
If you are on facebook, you can visit the Vet Hunters page at https://www.facebook.com/thevethuntersproject/timeline or check out their website at http://vethunters.org/