Some of the men in my vet group belong to the VVA and asked me to join the organization in Aug.
Then I found out that they assist in the Winterhurst VA program at the DC VA Hospital where they help 500 Homeless Vets with everything from health issues to jobs and clothes.
We arrived at 7 am to set up the clothes rack with suits, pants, shirts and coats among other items. They have to go to 10 stations and have their card punched out so they can come to us as a final stop to load up on what they need.
I wore my Viet Vet hat and was the ‘sarge’ at the door to check their card for admission. We started at 7 AM and went to 2 when most of the clothes were taken. I got to meet all kinds of great guys who did all sorts of jobs in the military and they opened up and told me their stories.
We had Hospital security there as some had problems but there was real no problem. At @ 11 AM the VIP’s came through to glad hand /thank all the folks at the different station. When the Dept. of VA Affairs group came through with Shineski he thanked all of us that helped and I asked if I could get a photo he agreed and then as we chatted he noticed the 4th ID pin on my hat and mentioned that he had served with the 4th.
He then gave me his challenge coin that I sent/posted on my FB site along with the pictures. Made me feel blessed to aid my fellow soldiers as well as share my time to volunteer for their benefit. The crowd thinned out @2 so I left to return home at 3, pledging to return next year and on a regular basis.
I am sure some of the local VA hospitals have something similar in their area on a regular basis.
Glad to make Co. C proud.