Vietnam Veterans of America Cumberland Plateau (Tenn.) Chapter 1015 recently raised and donated $2,815 to the Bread of Life Rescue Mission for use in rehabbing a transitional house for homeless veterans.
Bread of Life has worked with volunteers for several months to renovate the house, which will offer temporary housing for eight to 10 veterans while they await permanent homes through veteran services and housing agencies. “We’re glad we’re able to help with the project and help veterans get the help they need,” Bob Opthof, chapter president, told the Crossville Chronicle.
Many of the area’s homeless veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), making it difficult to acclimate to normal life, said Ralph Reagan, director of the Bread of Life Rescue Mission. “If they’re on the streets, it’s really hard for them to get housing,” he said. “We appreciate all the volunteers and those who support our mission. With this, we’ll be helping veterans transition to a new life.”