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Video: A Salute to the Peninsula’s Veterans

Shelter Network hosted a Veterans Day Celebration Thursday with a bountiful proclamation and lunch.

For Persian Gulf Veteran John McCarthy, he didn’t learn of the many Veterans support programs until he landed in Sacramento County Jail. For Vietnam War Veteran Marty Silliman, he found himself and his 14-year-old daughter homeless after he faced foreclosure on his home.

But both vets found housing, support and a family at Shelter Network’s in Redwood City.

On Thursday, Shelter Network, a transitional housing non-profit, hosted a to honor those who bravely served our country. Fourteen of the 76 homeless adults living at Maple Street Shelter are veterans, while five at the Menlo Park family housing site are also Veterans.

Nationally, an estimated one out of every six adults in the country’s homeless shelters are veterans. Additionally, veterans are 50 percent more likely to become homeless compared to other Americans, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Shelter Network’s mission is to not only house homeless individuals, including the nation’s Veterans, but to provide comprehensive support like job training, financial classes and anger management classes.

“If it weren’t for Shelter Network, I don’t know if I’d be here,” McCarthy said. “I could very well be dead.”

Joseph Lucero November 11, 2011 at 03:04 PM
This is great. God Bless America
Jim Clifford November 11, 2011 at 07:41 PM
Thanks for covering this, Stacie. Looks as though this was the only RWC event marking Veterans Day. So few serve now, Veterans are the real "one percenters."
Stacie Chan (Editor) November 11, 2011 at 08:27 PM
Ditto Joseph! @ Jim: you're right. Last year there was a large Veterans Day celebration in Courthouse Square http://redwoodcity.patch.com/articles/redwood-city-honors-veterans-with-more-than-just-a-salute, but there just wasn't enough support to put on another one this year, Commander Romie Bassetto from the American Legion told me.
Lou Covey, The Local Motive November 11, 2011 at 09:52 PM
Overall, I would rather the money spent on events go into programs that help veterans, especially in this economy. So I especially appreciate this video to show me what I can do to help year round.
Darcy Anderson December 24, 2011 at 03:45 PM
As the Veterans return from Iraq this month we need to think of all the ways we can support those returning. Watch this November video from Patch and put on your thinking caps. Happy Holidays.

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