Jared Allen, Walmart and P&G Honor Veterans
My family is full of veterans. Both of my grandfathers, my uncle and many of my cousins served proudly in the military. They were all very fortunate because following their years of service they were able to obtain careers and/or complete college and support themselves and their families. Sadly, this is not the story of all veterans. Many of them have challenges following service for a variety of reasons and end up homeless. As a matter of fact, there are more homeless veterans today than US soldiers who died in the Vietnam war.
Jared Allen of the Chicago Bears founded Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors to provide support for homeless veterans in Chicago. This past Tuesday, Veterans’ Day, Jared partnered with Walmart and Proctor Gamble to celebrate and provide support for the veterans staying at the Eddie Beard Homeless Veterans Housing Program (Vet House).
Jared visited a local Walmart and stocked up on P&G supplies for the Vet House, an organization dedicated to providing interim housing for honorably discharged veterans. The Vet House houses 15 veterans at a time ranging in age from 25-80 and currently has a waiting list of 50. The house is managed by Abdullah Hassan, a Vietnam vet. Within eight months, 70% of the veterans find permanent housing and establish an income.
During the celebration, Jared visited the Vet House and dropped off the P&G products from his Walmart trip. “I’m happy to have this opportunity to work with P&G and Walmart on a cause that’s near and dear to my heart,” stated Allen. “Our wounded warriors have sacrificed to protect our freedom, and this is one important way of recognizing them for their service and saying thank you.” In addition to the items gifted on Tuesday, P&G is providing a year’s supply of items for the Vet House. I think this is a wonderful example of honoring veterans who have risked their lives to protect our country. I want to give a great big thank you to ALL veterans, you have made us proud!