Monday, February 16, 2015

#no1leftbehind Documentary Release

January 28, 2015 - A very special thank you to Terry and Kerri Roberts for hosting the #no1leftbehind watch party tonight at their beautiful home with some great friends that are on a mission to hep end veteran homelessness.  I feel like with the release of American Sniper and the world seeing inside the life of an active duty military man/woman it gave us all a little more understanding of what it means to protect our freedom. The sacrifices that not only our military give but the sacrifices those families of our military give. We also caught a glimpse of what it’s like when these men and women come home and how their lives are affected.

While many say that when they come home these men and women are “different” and this is where I disagree. Are you the same person you were in high school? Are you the same person you were before becoming a mother or father? Are you the same person after losing someone so close to you? Fact of the matter is that we all change. They are “different” because they have seen and done things that none of us will ever see or do. These men and women would lay down their own life to protect our country.

With the release of the documentary last night on KOMU-TV it gave us a snapshot of what’s going on in our community. The real effects of war on a person taking them to their lowest point. No man or woman who has served our country should ever be homeless. While I never served in our military I do have complete respect for those that have served and are currently serving and will take a stand along with the rest of our community to raise the funds to build the facility that will offer a hand up, not a hand out, to put the resources in the hands of our veterans that need it most.

Many times the war takes its toll on our military and the sad reality is that many live with PTSD. Just because they have PTSD doesn’t mean they aren’t good people with a loving heart that wants to succeed just like everyone else. These men and women are just like you and I, they want the same things we want which is happiness, love, encouragement, a home, a family and a job.

So the next question becomes…… What can we do to help?

1. You can use your social media platforms to share information about this campaign.
2. Change your profile picture showing your #1 military person (veteran or active duty) and challenge someone or several someone’s to do the same.

1. Thank a veteran. Shake his/her hand, smile, pat them on the back and genuinely care.
2. Volunteer. This can be for upcoming events or at places like Welcome Home.

1. Visit and help us help our veterans.
2. Donate as little or as much as you can as often as you like.
3.Take a meal or snacks to Welcome Home in Columbia, MO or one near you.

1. We need you to help us make a difference in the lives of our veterans.
2. Follow Welcome Home on Facebook for the latest information and share it when you an or get creative in your own post.
While the money side of this will allow housing opportunities to our homeless veterans including owning their own homes in the future this campaign is truly about saving lives. After all, they fought for our freedom and our homes now it’s time to fight for theirs!

Click on the following video to see the trailer for the documentary.....

By clicking on the following video you can watch the full documentary....
Thank you to everyone involved in the making of this documentary and showing a real problem in our own communities. Job well done and now it's time to get to work and find a solution to ending veteran homelessness.

Directed by Cameron Pulliam
 Copyright KOMU 8 2015
Curators of The University of Missouri

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