It has been said that laughter is the best form of medicine and that mantra was put to the test and passed with flying colors at the first annual U.S. Veterans Choice Comedy Awards, which were held at the Hollywood American Legion Post 43. (Story continued click on picture or headline.)
We are only in March and it already feels like summer here in sunny Los Angeles—the City of the Angels and I am here to ask for your help. If you could assist us by coming to one of the most incredible buildings in America, the Hollywood American Legion on Saturday, April 30 for the U.S. Veterans Choice Comedy Awards, I promise you that together we will help countless veterans. (Story continued click on picture or headline.)
We enjoyed this years Stand Down at the Los Angeles Convention Center where we had a table set up to assist veterans who could use a helping hand. We had fliers for free furniture from Patriots & Paws and promoted our program. We handed out about 150 American flag lapel pins and a bunch of other cool stuff that we were able to give away. We also took a bunch of care packages full of non-perishable items with the assistance from The Sunshine Club of Wilmington, California who also assisted us a couple of weeks back, we were able to take a bunch of care packages for homeless veterans who come to The Pier Center in Long Beach for assistance. (Story continued click on picture or headline.)
THANKING OUR FRIENDS AT HARLEY-DAVIDSON
FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE
It has been a fun month for non-perishable donations and we wanted to thank our friends and partners in this mission. These dealerships have stepped up bigtime to support our efforts; special thanks to Bartlel’s Harley-Davidson of Marina Del Rey; Los Angeles Harley-Davidson of Anaheim; Huntington Beach Harley-Davidson of Westminster and California Harley-Davidson. These dealerships have partnered with us to help collect non-perishable items in our Assistance For Veterans collection containers and they have done an amazing job! (Story continued click on picture or headline.)
Time sure flies when you are having fun. It is now June and summer is here and we can’t believe it has been almost a year since we began our program last August. It has been a pleasure meeting hundreds of great people across our giant city that we call home. We always make sure to have no boundaries in our mission and one day we hope to be delivering food every single day to our homeless and in-need veterans across the United States. (Story continued click on picture or headline.)
Assistance for Veterans is looking for kind people who have a broken down car and may be thinking of donating it for a good cause. We want to repair that car, sell it and turn it into cash to purchase large quantities of quality food and deliver it to veterans in need of food assistance. (Story continued click on picture or headline.)
During this holiday season, we will be looking to help our veterans in need of a warm place to sleep and a good meal, and ready to assist them off the streets if they are ready to make that commitment. We were able to deliver turkeys this past Friday with our Veterans Food Assistance Packs that we deliver weekly, which made for an enjoyable day. (Story continued click on picture or headline.)
LOS ANGELES HOMELESS CAPITOL OF AMERICA MANY OF THOSE HOMELESS ARE MILITARY VETERANS
RUSS REPORT - As we usher in 2013, the City of Los Angeles remains the homeless capitol of the nation. Veterans, by the thousands, still sleep on the dangerous streets every night.
Building 209, a three story- 46,000 sq.ft. facility at the West LAVA, slated for renovation after eight years, will accommodate 65 veterans out of an estimated 8000 homeless veterans in Los Angeles. In 2004, Santa Monica Councilman Bobby Shriver proposed that buildings 205, 208 and 209 be used for permanent/ therapeutic housing but it was not until 2007 that the buildings were designated as such.
Finally, on December 3, 2012, VA Secretary General Eric Shinseki announced a contract had been awarded to Westport Construction Company in Arcadia, California, for $17,600,000 … ten million dollars more than originally projected in 2008. The renovations are not expected to be completed until 2014. Buildings 205 and 208 remain empty with no plan in sight for renovations. In fact, there are over one hundred buildings on the WLAVA campus that are vacant, closed or underutilized.
RUN FOR THE WALL 25TH ANNIVERSARY
FREEDOM IS NOT FREE!
It was a nice warm Wednesday, morning, when 1,500 motorcycles and support vehicles rolled out of a parking lot in Rancho Cucamonga, California for a 10 day trip to Washington DC. Their journey is not a fun one but one to bring attention to the tragedy of war and our MIA/POW veterans.
From the shirt I am proudly wearing it states “Freedom Is Not Free” and that is important for everyone to remember. Lets say a prayer for these brave veterans on this ride/journey to Washington DC. For many men and women this is a yearly event they do proudly.
View video below of first group that left, this is the most organized event I have ever attended and probably the most challenging for those behind the scenes who make this Run For The Wall a success, going on 26 years now. Just a great group of people we can all support by donating or buying something at their website. (View More Pictures Click Here)