The PTSD Foundation of America had initial meetings in Charlotte, NC and Charleston, SC last week on Feb 6 – 7 respectively. The advance committees in each location did an outstanding job of organizing and publicizing both events and there were a total of over 130 people in attendance. After an explanation by the Houston Headquarters’ contingent of what we do, why and how we do it, the attendees were all quick to form groups that were responsible for possible meeting locations, probable mentors, publicity and fundraising. This yielded immediate results in the form of two meeting sites already reserved, seven veterans suffering from PTSD who want to participate in the mentored meetings, two veterans suffering from PTSD who want to attend Camp Hope in Houston for further treatment and two organizations who have already written donation checks. All of this after only two days!
The people of both Charlotte and Charleston not only care about helping their country’s military warriors, they are personally willing to do something about it. If you live in or around either of these cities and would like to know more, please contact the committee members listed below for your city.
The committee contacts in Charlotte are:
Lisa Stackenwalt – firstname.lastname@example.org
The committee contact in Charleston is:
Todd Wigfield – email@example.com
Congressman Ted Poe; District Attorney, Pat Lykos; General Manager of Lone Star Chevrolet, Carolyn Cross; Greystar's Managing Director, Doug Brown; and HPOU's President, Ray Hunt are just a few of the hundreds that came out to help us celebrate and give tribute to our military on Armed Forces Day.
Doug Brown announced that the first residential unit that will house up to 8 men was proudly constructed in the loving memory of Clay Hunt, Sgt, USMC and all of our brave warriors that suffer from the deadliest wounds of war... PTSD.
Carolyn Cross announced that the first family residential unit will be paid for by Lone Star Chevrolet and is projected to be complete sometime this fall.
Everyone that came out to support the troops and took tours of the first residential building had a good time and ate some amazing BBQ! The PTSD Foundation would like to thank EVERYONE who made the Grand Opening of Camp Hope a very special and successful one!
About one-third of the adult homeless population are veterans, most are Vietnam Vets. It's time for America to do more than just say thank you and the Houston Apartment Association is doing just that!
Thank you to Carolyn Cross and Lone Star Chevrolet for over $70,000 in contributions to PTSD FOA & Camp Hope in 2011!
A Veteran - whether active duty, retired, national guard or reserve - is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including my life."