Once homeless: V.H.P. received a late call from a concerned citizen that they had witness what they thought was a “patient dumping.” V.H.P. immediately responded to the scene and quickly learned that the “dumped” warrior was a Vietnam U.S.M.C homeless veteran. The warrior was taken to the hospital for detox treatment. V.H.P. Members stood by his side and we will never forget his words “please believe in me and I will quit alcohol. I am tired of living in the streets. I am too dang old!”
Where he is now: With over 12 years of living in the streets coupled with drinking and P.T.S.D., Paul managed to beat homelessness. V.H.P. was told on several occasions that he wouldn’t last. it’s a good thing V.H.P. is not your average organization because one year later, Paul is doing well and mentoring Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.
Paul is an inspiration to many because he is living proof that given that “open door,” a new life can be achieved. We are Paul’s family now and we are proud to have another veteran off the streets. since our inception, V.H.P. has prevented and housed over 1,200 veterans (some with families. not bad for a grass roots organization. vet hunters started with zero dollars and for the most part, we operate this way because we spend the money immediately on veterans and their families. you won’t ever hear us say “we are out of funds, so we cannot help veterans.” in fact, V.H.P. works harder because effort costs zero dollars!