In honor of Veteran’s Day, Procter & Gamble (P&G) and Walmart are partnering with Jared Allen, defensive end for the Chicago Bears, and his foundation, Homes for Wounded Warriors to help better the lives of Chicago veterans through the support of the Eddie Beard Homeless Veterans’ Housing Program (Vet House).
Did you know that there are more homeless vets today than there were soldiers who died in the Vietnam War? That is disheartening. But there are folks who are trying to help. Here in NY my husband is involved with several groups that do outreach specifically to homeless and disabled veterans–and it’s good to know that in other places like Chicago folks are also doing this important work.
In Chicago the Eddie Beard Vet House serves 15 veterans, ranging in age from 25-80, with a waiting list of around 50. The house is managed by a Vietnam War veteran, Abdullah Hassan. This isn’t just a handout, but a hand up, and within eight months, 70% of the veterans there find permanent housing and establish an income.
This year on November 11th Jared Allen took a special shopping trip at a local Chicago Walmart to buy P&G supplies needed for the Eddie Beard Veterans House. Not only that, but Proctor and Gamble pledged to provide a year-supply of products for the Vet House including Bounty®, Oral-B®, Old Spice®, Tide®, Crest®, Scope®, and Charmin®.
Disclosure: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.