TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Veterans sacrifice everything to protect our country. We can help to repay them by making sure every veteran has a home.
Reach Services is asking Wabash Valley community members to give back to homeless veterans by walking a day in their shoes.
They’re hosting a homelessness simulation called Operation Vanguard on Friday, November 11. The event allows people to experience what it’s like to live without food or shelter.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS NOVEMBER 11:
10 a.m. – Veteran’s Day Parade @ Downtown
5:30 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies @ Reach Services
Live Music starts at 6 p.m. at Reach Services. Any donation gets you in!
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS NOVEMBER 12 – 14:
24 hours a day – Homelessness challenge
“They made a choice to raise their right hand and swear to defend each and every one of us and regardless of how they got out, we as a society as least owe them that much,” said Scott Wynn.
As a veteran himself, Wynn recognizes the issue and fights to put an end to it. He says this four day project can bring out the best and the worst in people. Participants can only use what is donated.
“Some of them said it was one of the hardest things they had done especially with the food, you don’t know when your next meal is coming,” said Wynn. “You don’t know if it’s going to rain tonight, is my tent going to blow away, is the ground going to be wet, what am I going to be dealing with tonight”
Participants are only able to use the items that are donated. They line up along these streets and 14th and Hulman Streets raising money for homeless veterans.
The money that’s raised goes entirely to veterans to make their lives better.
“We paid a gentleman’s rent for a month so he could pay for his son’s funeral,” said Wynn. “For others, it’s car parts. You know the car breaks down and you’re making minimum wage but you still have to get to work they need that. The money really just depends on the situation and what the veteran needs.”
Other donations go to building assisted living homes for veterans. It’s a roof over their heads and a sense of comfort in their lives.
“If you really want to do something start locally,” said Wynn. “Whether it’s with us or someone else get out there and do something with the community because here you can see the change”
Some of the money raised at this event will go to a Stand Down event on November 19. Veterans will receive clothing, food, haircuts and other health services.
If you live far away or can’t attend the event you can donate to the cause here: https://fundrazr.com/WabashValleyVeteranServices?ref=sh_25u17f