Based on the Treasure Coast of Florida, we do it by giving them jobs and donating to major veterans organizations.
It’s no exaggeration that VSO has changed the lives of thousands of needy and disabled veterans.
Our organization was started in Rhode Island in 2001 by Richard VanHouten Jr., with a simple mission: establish a food bank for financially distressed or homeless veterans.
As time passed, though, we found that many veterans needed a lot more than just food. They came to us needing money to pay for utilities, homes, cars and other day-to-day expenses arising from their inability to find employment.
Our staff gave them small grants, but these payments weren’t enough. Many veterans returned month after month with more requests for financial assistance to keep a roof over their heads and food on their tables.
We realized that financial assistance alone would not resolve their problems. They needed steady employment and self-confidence to believe in themselves again.
And so, we developed our work program for veterans to help themselves. In addition, we supported worthy veterans organizations who take care of veterans in desperate need.
For more than a decade, VSO has helped veterans when they needed our help the most.