Event aims to end veterans homelessness

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- With Veterans Day and the holidays approaching, U.S. VETS is kicking-off its US VETS HERO fundraising drive this month in an effort to end veteran homelessness in Hawaii.

"More and more veterans are coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan to a poor economy with no jobs," said Darryl Vincent, Vice President, Programs, U.S. VETS, the only non-profit that houses and provides employment and clinical services to homeless veterans in the state.

"We believe it is a crime to let any soldier go homeless after they sacrificed so much to serve their country."

As part of US Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki's effort to end homelessness among veterans in America, U.S. VETS Hawaii have stepped up it efforts to ensure that every veteran in Hawaii has a home.

Edgar Gum, General Manager, Marriott's Ko Olina Beach Club and his staff were the first to show their support and appreciation for the veterans that served. They presented much needed linens from their company to U.S. VETS and a check for $500 in honor of Ko Olina Beach Club staff members who served abroad in the last year.

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