We all need a home – a place where we can store our belongings, can sleep and eat comfortably, and can plan out our lives.
Yet for many disadvantaged veterans, finding a home isn’t easy. Across our nation, there’s hundreds and hundreds of struggling veterans every day who are unable to afford their rent or make down-payments to get into even the most basic of apartments.
And so, Richard VanHouten, founder and CEO of Veterans Support Organization, decided to make a difference in the life of one of these veterans on the Treasure Coast of Florida.
A few weeks ago, VSO gave a $150 donation to a disable veteran suffering from PTSD so he could put down a security deposit on a home in the Fort Pierce area. It was enough to get him into the condo and get his life back on track.
The veteran, a former VSO employee who asked not to be named, was grateful for supporting him and believing in him. He sent VanHouten this message:
THANK YOU RICHARD FOR WHAT YOU AND VSO DID FOR ME. FOR TRUSTING ME FOR BELIEVING THAT THE MONEY VSO SO GENEROUSLY GAVE WENT TOWARDS A NEW CHAPTER IN MY LIFE. GOD BLESS.
VanHouten said it was the least he could do. The veteran served our country in Afghanistan and we owe him a lot for what he sacrificed.
“We didn’t give him a large donation but it helped him and it was just want he needed,” VanHouten said. “I didn’t have to think twice in helping him. It was the right thing to do. I’m proud of supporting him and so many other veterans over the years.”
(Pictured here is the actual key the veteran showed to VanHouten.)