To us, it really is an honor to help uplift veterans who have struggled after giving so much of themselves and their families to serving our nation.
Over the years, our staff has kept hundreds of veterans from slipping into homelessness, given veterans the confidence to hold steady jobs, steered veterans away from harmful drugs, and enabled veterans to reconnect with estranged families.
We have had many success stories, like Willie Banks.
On many nights, Banks found himself alone sleeping in parks and alleyways and on sidewalks and bus benches in Fort Lauderdale. The former U.S. Army Infantryman was left to defend himself against robbers, drug addicts, and other homeless men who severely beat him, stole his few worldly possessions, and belittled him into thinking he was worthless.
One day, a social worker told him about Veterans Support Organization. Within days, we helped him find a home and gave him a job.
“My life started again here. They embraced me and made me believe in myself,” he said about VSO.
Not too long after, Banks was living in his own apartment. He was living drug-free, volunteering at a church, and was in regular contact with his children after years of painful separation.
“I am focused now and got myself together. I am on the right path,” he said.
VSO understands the struggles facing veterans and the challenges facing government and private industry in working to assist veterans.
That’s why we have created our work program and helped veterans’ causes – doing our share in improving the lives of veterans.
Thanks for caring and supporting our work over the years.