The incarcerated veterans held a three-day walkathon, raising $1,000 for Langston and more money for veterans’ programs. “We’ve stepped up to help a brother — to assist in any way we can,” says chapter member Ron Winters. Most of the veterans in at Union C.I. are combat veterans, and their efforts fit the VVA motto, he said: “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.”

Langston told First Coast News that he was “just overwhelmed” by Chapter 1080’s help. “If inmates can raise me $1,000, anything can happen,” he said. The money will go toward a new home for Langston; Embrace Community Center, a local nonprofit, will coordinate construction.