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POST SUPPORTS HOMELESS VETERANS PROGRAM

Post 4695 honors VFW's mission

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VFW Post 4695 in Hurst, Texas, prides itself on carrying out the VFW mission to "honor the dead by helping the living.” The Post sees no better way to accomplish that than by helping veterans who have fallen on hard times. Supporting a housing program for homeless veterans seemed like a perfect way to do that.

The program, called The Patriot House, offers transitional housing that prepares its tenants for permanent, independent housing within 24 months. Veterans who live in the Patriot House prepare their own meals and have access to showers, laundry services and a computer lab.

Members of the Post support the program in a number of ways. “We collect clothes, blankets, books, toiletries and other items, and we take them to the house on a regular basis,” said Post Commander James Van Rite.

They also volunteer their time during the holidays to ensure these veterans have the opportunity to enjoy a true holiday feast. “We have fed the veterans there either a Thanksgiving meal or a Christmas meal for the last few years,” said Van Rite.

He believes the Patriot House is a valuable program because it does more than just give veterans housing. It “teaches these vets how to work again. There’s a process that leads them to independent living with gainful employment,” explained Van Rite. 

The program works, and Van Rite points to the success stories. He tells of one tenant who trained as a dental technician, interned with a dental office and was then hired by that same office during his stay at the Patriot House.

With success stories like that, Post 4695 members can feel proud knowing they’re carrying out VFW’s mission.

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