There are nearly 3 million Veterans and their families throughout the U.S. that do not have enough to eat each month. In June, Executive Director Rich Synek received an email from one such family in which both the husband and wife are Veterans, asking for help. Janice served eight years in the U.S. Army and her husband Dan, served six. They have two daughters,14 and 11.
We have been going through some pretty hard times this past year, the message read. My Husband was out of work most of the year and makes very little money now that he resumed working last month. We are at the point now that I do not know what to do but write to you and hope for a miracle. There are nights that I make dinner and I do not eat dinner so everyone else can eat and the girls are still hungry but there is nothing else to eat. I have been shopping at a salvage store for the past six months so all of the food I do buy is out of date because I cannot afford to shop at a regular grocery store. I get food at the church on occasion but in such a small town it is extremely embarrassing because people talk so we don’t go to church anymore out of embarrassment.
It brought tears to the eyes of the Feed Our Vets team.
While there isn’t a Feed Our Vets food pantry yet in Janice and Dan’s community, the Board of Directors quickly authorized a Wal-Mart gift card to be ordered and mailed to the family, enough for a week’s worth of groceries to tide the family over.
“It’s not something, unfortunately, that we can do for the thousands of Veteran families in America that are in similar circumstances,” said Rich, “but we were very moved by Janice’s message and wanted to try and do whatever we could.”
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