Veterans Kitchen is dedicate to restoring dignity to our homeless veterans one at a time. We provide The ultimate goal is to end homelessness among veterans.
Veterans Kitchen is a 501(c)3 charity committed to helping homeless veterans, here in Hampton Roads, re-establishing there lives, and restoring their dignity, one vet at a time. We are working with the Veterans Administration to complete this task. There are over 50,000 homeless veterans nationwide with about 1,500 here in Hampton Roads. The largest number of homeless veterans are found in areas w
ith a VA Hospital. The Veterans Administration is committed to getting all the homeless veterans off the street and into housing. Through our interaction with veterans as we feed them we will be giving them all information they need and also lend an ear to their needs so that we can help them get into housing as soon as possible. Many of the veterans are too proud to accept help; they feel that serving their country was their duty as any American would do. Your tax-deductible donation will go towards feeding our homeless veterans as well as help them get into stable housing and get them off the streets. Our veterans are owed so much by everyone for freedom that they so valiantly fought for. Veterans kitchen is staffed by all volunteers. We are a grassroots organization started by veterans for veterans.
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"I am tired and sick of war... Its glory is all Moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell."
- William Tecumseh Sherman June 19, 1879
As the Director of Veterans Kitchen Inc. I announced that we at Veterans Kitchen Inc. were taking a more active approach to the problems facing our veterans today and that we are soliciting the help of other organization so that we can find a solution to these problems. We will be presenting a Resolution to the Fraternal Order of Eagles Florida State convention this month asking their support in forming a coalition of organizations to better deal with these problems. The following is a copy of our proposal:
As the Director of Veterans Kitchen Inc, and as a 50 year plus member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and retired Navy veteran, it is time to do something. Veterans all across America are facing a crisis not of their own making. The stress of repeated deployments in the hostile environment of combat, have taken a devastating toll on our veterans. Even after they have left the combat zones and returned home, home to an America they don’t understand, and it seems to them that has chosen not to see them in their anguish and pain. We pass them and never see them sleeping on park benches and in alleyways. America, it seems has made them invisible.
My friends, this has resulted in a twofold crisis that I want to bring that crisis to your attention. We at Veterans Kitchen Inc. since our founding, have focused on the homeless vets. We have worked diligently at finding homes for them, but as we worked to get them off the streets, we have also been made aware that we lose twenty-two veterans to su***de on the average daily. If you think about the problem of su***de, you can see a direct coalition between homelessness and veteran su***de.
As one of the biggest reasons for su***de among veterans is depression. Depression, brought on by many factors, some of these factors are PTSD stemming from the trauma of war. Some are dealing with the loss of a home or family through the separation of deployment. Some are dealing with the loss of a friend or comrade who they have seen die in combat.
So, Veterans Kitchen Inc, original goal was to provide for homeless veterans the pots, pans, dishes and other resources they need to live with dignity as they transition off the street. Now we are undertaking the daunting task of working with the various organizations who work with veterans in preventing and stopping veteran su***de going forward. That is why we are approaching The Fraternal Order of Eagles and asking your support as you partner with us to get a homeless veteran off the street and then going forward as we work together to save a veteran's life by working together to prevent another veteran's su***de.
Thank You for your time and patience and let us work together to make this our goal; to put an end to Veteran Homelessness and Veteran Su***de. To this end what I am proposing is that we as Eagles take the lead to find a solution to this CRISIS.
I am asking for the Eagles that I have loved and enjoyed for over 50 years, that my father, a WWII veteran and a member of the FOE for all of his adult life would consider a natural partnership. We are going to ask service organizations across America to partner with us as we form a coalition of Fraternal and service organizations to collectively address this problem. To that end we are approaching organizations across America to join us. We need more than just a telephone number for them to seek help. We need human contact to resolve this very human problem. Join us. LET’S FINALLY FIX THESE PROBLEM AND TAKE CARE OF OUR VETERANS.
If you are a member of the Eagles, please support this resolution and if you are from another state please make your state officers aware of this so that the FOE can help by taking the lead.
My friends I want to bring something to your attention. We at Veterans Kitchen Inc, have till now focused on helping the homeless vets, but we need to admit that we should have been aware that we lose 22 veterans to su***de on the average daily. If you think about the problem of su***de, you can see a direct coalition between homelessness and veteran su***de. As one of the biggest reasons for su***de among veterans is depression. Depression is brought on by many factors, some these factors are PTSD, the loss of a home or family through separation. So Veterans Kitchen Inc, is going begin working with the various organizations who work with preventing and stopping veteran su***de going forward. Thank You and let’s put an end to Veteran Homelessness and Veteran Su***de.
As we celebrate Memorial Day, and remember the brave troops who gave their all, so that we can enjoy the freedom of living in this the greatest country in the world. They made the ultimate sacrifice by giving that last full measure of devotion. If you can say a prayer thanking god for their sacrifice, so that we can enjoy our freedom.
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As 2020 comes to an end the contested election is over and we settle in for what will be a better year, the vaccine is here and slowly we will get back to a normal lifestyle. But for the homeless vets they will still be alone on the streets. The only shelter will be their tents or in some cases a sleeping bag. We at Veteran's Kitchen Inc. will continue to do what we can to help these vets get a normalcy back into their life. Thus living up to our motto "Restoring Dignity, One Vet at a Time" You can help us by going to the Veteran's Kitchen web site at veteranskitchen.org and click on the donate button any help is appreciated.
What Christmas is all About
I saw the man
lying in a doorway
trying to keep warm
while sleeping on a grate
against the winter cold.
The wealthy man
in his limo
can’t see him
as he rides past
to wrapped up in himself
talking on his cell,
takes little notice
of those around him,
so he never sees the man.
But a woman
with her arms full
as she carried
containers full of hot coffee
and hot sandwiches.
She rouses the man,
saying “Get up George”
as she gives him a cup
full of hot coffee
and a sandwich to eat
“See you at the mission,
We are fixing Christmas Dinner
and expect you to be there.
It’ Christmas Eve so you
and all your friends are welcome tonight.”
As she hustles off
with her hot coffee
looking for another homeless
to spread some Christmas cheer on.
Have I just seen a miracle?
An angel on a mission
of spreading God’s love.
Too bad the wealthy man
or the man on the phone didn’t notice.
Somehow, amongst all the songs,
festivities and decorations,
we lose sight of what it all means.
but a lady on a mission
made it all come home to me.
So this year when I tell you
Have a Merry Christmas,
It will be because
I saw one of God’s angels
come down low to earth.
She didn’t sing alleluia,
She only said to a poor, homeless man
that God cared about him
and he was welcome at his mission,
after all that is what Christmas is all about.
This was written by our Vice-President Peter C. Fraser Major USA retired December ! #, 2020
What is a Veteran?
Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain look in the eye. Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg or perhaps another sort of inner steel: the soul's ally forged in the refinery of adversity. Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem. You can't tell a vet just by looking.
What is a vet? He -- or she – is...
· the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers didn't run out of fuel.
· the barroom loudmouth, dumber than five wooden planks, whose overgrown frat-boy behavior is outweighed a hundred times in the cosmic scales by four hours of exquisite bravery near the 38th parallel.
· the nurse who fought against futility and went to sleep sobbing every night for two solid years in Da Nang.
· the POW who went away one person and came back another - or didn't come back at all.
· the Quantico drill instructor who has never seen combat - but has saved countless lives by turning slouchy, no-account rednecks and gang members into Marines, and teaching them to watch each other's backs.
· the carrier pilot landing on a rolling, pitching, heaving flight deck during a rain squall in the pitch-black night of the Pacific, the North Atlantic, the Mediterranean, the Gulf of Arabia, the Gulf of Tonkin, or any of a hundred other places.
· the parade-riding Legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and medals with a prosthetic hand.
· the career quartermaster or the flight-deck yellow-shirt or the engine-room snipe who watches the ribbons and medals pass him by.
· the man who survived a year in Hell, and came home to be spat upon by his fellow Americans.
· the Army Ranger who humps endless miles of burning sand for three days with no sleep or food and very little water to designate targets for laser guided bombs or swims through a disease infested swamp and crawls over poisonous snakes under the cover of darkness to conduct intelligence on a foreign government hostile to our own and our cherished way of life.
· the anonymous heroes in The Tomb Of The Unknowns, whose presence at the Arlington National Cemetery must forever preserve the memory of all the anonymous heroes whose valor dies unrecognized with them on the battlefield or in the ocean's sunless deep.
· the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket – palsied now and aggravatingly slow – who helped liberate a N**i death camp and who wishes all day long that his wife was still alive to hold him when the nightmares come.
A vet is your father, mother, brother, sister, husband, wife, neighbor.
He is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being – a person who offered some of his life's most vital years in the service of his country, and who sacrificed his ambitions so others would not have to sacrifice theirs.
He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness, and he is nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the finest, greatest nation ever known.
So, remember, each time you see someone who has served our country, just lean over and say
"Thank You". That's all most people need, and in most cases, it will mean more than any medals they could have been or were awarded.
Two little words that mean a lot:
Do to the small donation total for the online raffle, Veterans Kitchen Inc. has decided to cancel the raffle and refund the money that was donated. For those who purchased the tickets please check your accounts as we have refunded the the money directly to the card that was used to make the purchase. Thank You for your support.
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