Winter Looms Large for Homeless Vets

by Freddy Groves


Did you buy a new coat for winter? Is there any chance you can buy another

one? And maybe some good gloves and a hat? There are homeless veterans out

there who could use them.


With temperatures dropping, here are a few ways you can help homeless

veterans this winter:

–Donate clothing and other basics: Call the Department of Veterans

Affairs medical center nearest you and ask for Voluntary Services. Most

locations keep a clothing closet for homeless veterans who come in and

need help, or those who are moving out of rehab into a place of their own.

Maybe the clothing closet is good to go on coats but has completely run

out of lined jeans and gloves. Maybe they need shirts in a super large

size, or even personal-care items and a sports bag to carry everything in.

Ask if they need a transition package of household supplies, like soap,

towels, toilet paper and a laundry basket.

–Sign up to give rides: Voluntary services can help you with that, too.

Homeless veterans often have to get to doctor appointments the best

way they can, and in cold weather that can be tough. Look into driving

opportunities through the Disabled American Veterans.

–Volunteer at a Stand Down: Go online to and see when there’s an

event near you. They run from January to November, and this time of the

year the emphasis is going to be to get homeless veterans warm and into

housing. Call and ask what you can do to help.


If you’ve a veteran in need of help, call 1-877-424-3838, also known as

1-877-4AID-VET. It’s staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can help

with health care, housing, mental health, jobs and more.


Freddy Groves regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions,

but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Send email to


(c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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