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Couple raises thousands for homeless veteran to thank him

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When Kate McClure first met Johnny Bobbit Jr., he was homeless. He spent this Thanksgiving resting in a hotel, his feet up on the bed, drawing up a grand plan for his new life -- thanks to severalRead full story

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  • Rene Chen
    Rene ChenNews Curator at NewsPicks Inc. Japan

    A great, heartwarming story that's perfect for thanks giving. I'm hoping that the funds help Mr. Bobbit get back on his feet.

    At the same time, I've met far too many veterans without a roof over their head. Over the course of some of the volunteer work that I did, my heart sunk each time somebody came into a shelter for some holiday dinner and told me they were a vet.

    The statistics for homeless veterans improved significantly after 2010, when the VA ramped up their efforts. From 2010 to 2016

    A great, heartwarming story that's perfect for thanks giving. I'm hoping that the funds help Mr. Bobbit get back on his feet.

    At the same time, I've met far too many veterans without a roof over their head. Over the course of some of the volunteer work that I did, my heart sunk each time somebody came into a shelter for some holiday dinner and told me they were a vet.

    The statistics for homeless veterans improved significantly after 2010, when the VA ramped up their efforts. From 2010 to 2016, veteran homelessness declined by an astonishing 47%. There are, however, a little under 40,000 vets that remain without any housing.

    https://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/accomplishments/2016-by-the-numbers.asp

    We can do more.

  • Maybe US veterans should be entitled to a basic living wage. The ancient Romans had this idea. After service a Roman soldier received citizenship and a farm. Can’t we manage something even a bit more basic for our veterans?

  • Awesome, awesome, awesome.

  • Will Ashworth
    Will AshworthGM at Dow Jones

    This chap is an ex marine and ex firefighter who fell on hard times. I couldn’t agree more with a previous comment regarding a form of universal basic income for people who put their lives on the line for others and their country. Surely this would be a good way for those who have amassed $billions from having access to the US and other free markets to help support the broader population by contributing to a UBI fund, especially if the alternative is to keep watching people sleep rough in the worlds richest country.

  • This generosity warms the heart but also reminds me that crowdfunding has little accountability. I wish we could combine these viral campaigns with better oversight.

  • Syed Abbas
    Syed AbbasProject Coordinator - Business Analyst

    Kindness goes a long way. Thanks to humanity. Thanks to goodness in humans. We are all in this together. Such a heartwarming and inspiring story.

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