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2018 Freedom Grant Webinar

2018 Freedom Grant Webinar

Applying for a Freedom Grant? Watch this quick video for last-minute tips on how to design a good project and make your application stand out!





Elks Welcome Home Kits

Elks Welcome Home Kits

Watch how one Lodge makes a big impact on the lives of veterans through the Welcome Home Kit program.



Elks Veterans Emergency Assistance Program

Elks Veterans Emergency Assistance Program

At the June 2016 Stand Down for homeless veterans in Chicago, social workers from the Veterans Administration raved about the Elks' new emergency assistance program. Listen to what they had to say in this short video. (Runtime: 2 mins., 20 secs.)



Cover Me: Trust, Trauma, and Life in the Wide Open

Cover Me: Trust, Trauma, and Life in the Wide Open

Because of trauma due to military sexual assault, Army veteran Angela had trouble feeling safe anywhere. When she lost her housing, the problem only got worse. View the final video in our seven-part series of profiles on formerly homeless veterans. (Runtime: 4 mins., 55 secs.)



The Lonely Road: Illness, Isolation, and the Struggle to Catch Up

The Lonely Road: Illness, Isolation, and the Struggle to Catch Up

For Gerald, a Navy veteran, not having anyone to talk to was one of the worst things about being homeless. Hear his story in this profile of a formerly homeless vet. (Runtime: 4 mins., 25 secs.)



The Book of Jack: Neglect, Empathy, and Practicing What You Preach

The Book of Jack: Neglect, Empathy, and Practicing What You Preach

Jack didn't think much about the homeless. He had a good job and a home of his own, so why would he? But when he lost both to health problems, his opinion changed. Hear his story in this profile of a formerly homeless vet. (Runtime: 3 mins., 50 secs.)



Lost and Found: Heaven, Hell, and the Fine Line Between

Lost and Found: Heaven, Hell, and the Fine Line Between

Randy felt like dirt. The proud Marine couldn't even get his wife the medication she desperately needed. They were lost in a series of shelters until one day, a man walked in and changed their lives. Hear Randy's story in this profile of a formerly homeless vet. (Runtime: 5 mins., 8 secs.)



Peace and Quiet: Drugs, Drama, and the Will to Change

Peace and Quiet: Drugs, Drama, and the Will to Change

Erin was sick of the person she had become. An Air Force veteran, she suffered a nervous breakdown in the 1990s. Drug addiction and chronic homelessness followed. Hear her story in this profile of a formerly homeless vet. (Runtime: 4 mins., 6 secs.)



Off Course: War, Peace, and a Man's Best Friend

Off Course: War, Peace, and a Man's Best Friend

Ryan was steering the U.S.S. Midway when we launched our attack in the Gulf War. Twenty years later, he was living in a tent. Hear his story in this profile of a formerly homeless vet. (Runtime: 4 mins., 21 secs.)



Resurfacing: Crime, Dumpsters, and the Sweet Sound of Keys

Resurfacing: Crime, Dumpsters, and the Sweet Sound of Keys

Shortly after the Gulf War, Rickey, an Air Force veteran, was diving into dumpsters and committing petty crime to stay alive. Hear his story in this profile of a formerly homeless vet. (Runtime: 5 mins.)



One Last Stand: The Fight against Homelessness

One Last Stand: The Fight against Homelessness

On any given night, an estimated 50,000 veterans are living on the streets. Meet seven vets who were there recently but have now exited homelessness with help from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and community partners like the Elks. Then learn more about the Elks' commitment to eliminating the scourge of veteran homelessness at http://www.elks.org/vets/welcomehome.cfm. (Runtime: 8 mins., 45 secs.)






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