This message is being forwarded from our Veterans Services Chairman, Carl Lanterman
I am asking for additional info about what help is needed. Anyone who may have any kind of help, please email Carl right away.
VCMilC is working with a Navy Veteran and her 16 year-old son who are homeless. She has recently retired with an honorable discharge from the Navy after 20 years. She and her son were housed at Navy housing but once you retire you have to move out. They ended up living in their car in Ventura……. And it’s cold, very cold……..
So we are asking for your help. Please read a little more about what we have been doing and where the help will be utilized.
A number of problems have kept this family from being able to succeed. This is where the Ventura County Military Collaborative steps in.
Mike McManus (Ventura County Veterans Service Officer) and myself met with the Mom and the son last week. We have made a lot of headway in a short amount of time.
The son had been out of school for 6 weeks while trying to take care of his Mom. He is now back in school.
They were living in the car with their 12 year-old cat and 8 year-old dog who has seizures. We now have them staying at the hotel on base with a kitchen so they can cook (and free breakfast).
Navy Marine Corp Relief has provided Commissary gift cards so that they have food for now. Mom has registered for VA Healthcare and contacted HUD VASH to see if they can get a housing voucher.
A local Military member and his family have stepped in to make sure that this family has a place to go for Christmas and some presents under the tree. This same wonderful person is going to make the car repairs needed to make their car safe to drive. He will also teach the son how to make car repairs. The teenager is very interested in cars and helping make their situation better. The wife of our Good Samaritan has offered to let them do their laundry for free as well.
We have Mom working with additional agencies to assist her with a variety of issues. We have eyes on the financial situation and are working with our VCMilC agencies to assist with money management, budgeting etc.
VCMilC has been paying for the hotel room since Wednesday of last week and will do so through the beginning of January.
We can use your help in the following ways.
If you can donate a room night to keep them at the hotel while we get them permanent housing. The room is $75 a night.
You can help us find them an apartment that they can afford. Her retirement is under $2000 a month.
You can donate to help us keep them fed and get medication for the dog (seizure medication)
* A note about the animals: The cat has been with this teenager since he was 4 years old and is one of the last things that he has left from when life was going well for he and his Mom. I have heard some people grumble about why don’t they get rid of the animals (and to be honest that was one of my thoughts as well when I saw them in the car). My impression is that these animals represent hope that life will be ok at some point in time soon and obviously that they are part of the family.
You can email me words of encouragement for them that I will pass along.
To donate please go to the VCMilC website at http://www.Military411.org. A direct link to the donation site at Military411.org is http://www.military411.org/3/donate.htm.
100% of all donations will go to helping this family. VCMilC is also a 501c3 non-profit which means that your deductions are tax deductible.
Please take a moment to help this family. She has given 20 years to serve this nation. Her son has worked so hard to help his Mom. VCMilC has the resources and friends like you to be able to truly make a profound, sustainable difference in their life.
Thank you and have a wonderful holiday.
Kim Evans LMFT LPCC
Executive Director Ventura County Military Collaborative
Veterans Treatment Court Community Liaison
4001 Mission Oaks Blvd Suite O
Camarillo, CA 93012
The following is from our Veterans Services Chairman, Carl Lanterman.
Vernon Jossy passed on Oct. 30th, at the age of 90. He was a dedicated and loyal Elk. Vern attended bingo every month at the Sepulveda V.A. hospital for as long as he could. He loved to visit with Sammy White, a WWII veteran who is still at the hospital. Vern was one of the great guys from our lodge.
He was getting old and paunchy
And his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion,
Telling stories of the past.
Of a war that he once fought in
And the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies;
They were heroes, every one.
And ‘tho sometimes to his neighbors
His tales became a joke,
All his buddies listened quietly
For they knew where of he spoke.
But we’ll hear his tales no longer,
For ol’ Joe has passed away,
And the world’s a little poorer
For a Veteran died today.
He won’t be mourned by many,
Just his children and his wife.
For he lived an ordinary,
Very quiet sort of life.
He held a job and raised a family,
Going quietly on his way;
And the world won’t note his passing,
‘Tho’ a Veteran died today.
When politicians leave this earth,
Their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing,
And proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell of their life stories
From the time that they were young,
But the passing of a Veteran
Goes unnoticed, and unsung.
Is the greatest contribution
To the welfare of our land,
Some jerk who breaks his promise
And cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow
Who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his country
And offers up his life?
The politician’s stipend
And the style in which he lives,
Are often disproportionate,
To the service that he gives.
While the ordinary Veteran,
Who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal
And perhaps a pension, small.
It is not the politicians
With their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom
That our country now enjoys.
Should you find yourself in danger,
With your enemies at hand,
Would you really want some cop-out,
With his ever-waffling stand?
Or would you want a Veteran
His home, his country, his kin,
Just a common Veteran,
Who would fight until the end.
He was just a common Veteran,
And his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us
We may need his likes again.
For when countries are in conflict,
We find the Veteran’s part,
Is to clean up all the troubles
That the politicians start.
If we cannot do him honor
While he’s here to hear the praise,
Then at least let’s give him homage
At the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline
In the paper that might say:
“OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING, A VETERAN DIED TODAY.”
In recognition of his generosity, co-District Leader of the West Central Coast District, Greg Metzgus receives, from our Exalted Ruler Jim Moye, the Millennium Club certificate for his contribution to the California-Hawaii Elks Association Major Project.
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