2009-04-09 / Letters

Homeless veterans still need community's assistance

Although I have completed and received my (Girl Scout) Gold Award for my project "Supporting Our Veterans," I would again like to inform the public about the continuing needs of our homeless veterans.

According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, 200,000 United States veterans are homeless on any given night, and almost 400,000 experience homelessness throughout the course of one year.

With the fallen economy and our nation's current fiscal deficits, these numbers are bound to rise in the upcoming months and year. Every year, stand downs are held across the country to help these men and women; they receive medical care, a meal, clothing and veterans/ social services.

The 2009 stand down will be held on Sept. 25 in Cherry Hill. If anyone would like to contribute a monetary donation or if any organizations are looking to help our veterans, more information can be found by contacting Jim Maher by email at kathyjim2@verizon.net, or by phone at 856-424-4086, or by mail at Stand Down of South Jersey, Jim Maher, 11 Thornhill Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003.

On a personal note, I would like to thank my project adviser, Joseph D'Angelo, for all of his great ideas and support; Priscilla Rackliff, my Gold Award liaison; and Jim Maher, the coordinator of the South Jersey Stand Down.

I would also like to thank Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4703 and AmVets Post 2 of Jackson for holding collection boxes for my sleeping bag/clothing drive. Thank you to the American Legion Post 504 and the Knights of Columbus No. 6201 of Jackson for their generous monetary donations.

Thank you to Dick's Sporting Goods of Freehold Township and all the members of my community who donated clothing/sleeping bags for our homeless veterans.

Last, but not least, I would like to thank the Girl Scouts of the Sassafras Unit and the children of the Howard C. Johnson School and the Elms Elementary School for making thank you cards for our veterans.

Alexandra Murdocca

Jackson

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