I am all about helping in the community where I can and this is a great idea! A Vietnam Veteran from Maine has been building shelter rooms for homeless Veterans to help them get back on their feet according to Fox 5 Atlanta. I absolutely love hearing stories like these. They make my heart so happy! But if you're looking for ways to help and this is something you want to donate to, this seems to be something worth looking at!
From Fox 5 Atlanta:
BOOTHBAY, Maine-A Maine veteran is giving back to other veterans who are struggling with homelessness amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Ed Harmon, a service officer with the American Legion post in Boothbay, Maine, retrofits trailers into living spaces through a project he calls the Veterans Emergency Temporary Shelter, or VETS.
The cargo trailers are used as temporary housing for military veterans in the process of finding a permanent home.
he housing units are one-room living spaces equipped with a bed, microwave and refrigerator, and provide safe and secure housing for veterans for a couple of days to a couple of weeks, or even longer as necessary.
"Now the vets are not going to freeze, and that’s the whole idea of it," Harmon said. "We’re keeping them alive."
Harmon, 72, is a veteran himself, and served in Vietnam.
"They [the veterans] can’t say they don’t understand, because I do," Harmon said. "The whole idea is to show them I’ve been there. I understand, and I fight for them."
The trailers are available to veterans anywhere in the state. One has traveled as far as Acadia National Park — more than 110 miles from Boothbay.
"He [the veteran] opened the door and he walked in, and he sat on the bed and said ‘I died and just went to heaven.’ It makes you feel pretty good," Harmon said.
Currently, there are five trailers available, and Harmon’s goal is to have 12 built this year, and hopefully 100 over time.
Okay, I grabbed a tissue on that one... Thank you to all of our service men and women who are currently serving and who have served for our freedoms!