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Local Non Profit Looking for Donations to Assist Underprivileged Veterans This Holiday Season

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All over the sports world the month of November will be honoring our current of former military members. From the multiple camouflaged jerseys to the thousands of parades nation wide on Veterans day, the men and women who have served our country will be saluted by the public at event after event.

Imagine you’re a veteran, but your daily routine includes begging people for some spare change or something to eat. You served your country yet somehow you got lost in the mix of revolving paperwork and untimely service the VA has been known for. This nightmare is unfortunately the reality for thousands of Veterans who have been seemingly forgotten.

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According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, on any given night over 31,000 veterans are homeless. A stat that is sure to grow with the increasing amount of military members leaving their branch of service, or returning home injured.

In El Paso, a community that has grown due to the military presence, there is an all too real issue that we all see daily. The “Homeless Veteran” sign is one we’ve all seen. Sometimes we ignore them, try to justify not looking in their direction and do our best to convince ourselves that the situation this person is in, is none of our business.

Veteran’s day is right around the corner, and we will honor those who served with a parade, we’ll give them our respect, but the problem will still be persistent. However, there is something we all can do to help. Veterans Nonprofit El Paso, located at is hosting a food drive that will go to feeding our homeless and underprivileged veterans who are unable to have a prepared Thanksgiving meal for themselves. 

You can donate monetarily by going here, or you can contact Aldina Rosales or Steve Mills at (915) 319-9551 for more information on how you can make a change in someones life and give them a small reason to be thankful this holiday season.

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