Fifty-three year old Floridian Roy Foster is a worthy addition to CNN Heroes. He is a man I can relate to...like Foster, I am a veteran, I served during the same period he did, and like Foster I too found myself abusing substances. In my case I looked into the abyss and held on, and ran away from it. Foster fell into the pit, but pulled himself out, and is now serving as a saviour and guiding light to veterans have fallen through the cracks.
Foster, who was once homeless, spent most of the 1980's on the street. Once sober in the 1990's he committed himself to help those who found themselves in situations like the one he endured. With fellow veteran Don Reed, Foster established the non- profit Faith*Hope*Love*Charity. FHLC created Stand Down House, where 45 veterans can be temporarily housed during various stages of recovery. With funding from the Veterans Administration, Stand Down House requires that its residents seek work or attend school in return for receiving medical and/or psychiatric care, meals, and a roof over their heads.
It has been estimated that one out of every three homeless in America are US service veterans, and on any given night, a shocking 150,000 veterans are left to fend for themselves, without shelter or sustenance, according to a statement from the VA. In 2008 93% of the residents of Stand Down House found work, and 84% now live self sufficient lives.
Roy Foster, formerly a drug addicted homeless man, has found his life's work.
In Roy's own words he'll tell you why he does what he does..."Its my calling".
Please click this link for more information about Stand Down House.
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I was among the last people in the New York- New Jersey megalopolis to learn of the death of the mass murderer- mastermind of the 9/11 atta...
Eric LeGrand was paralyzed in the Rutgers- Army football game. To send Eric a "Get Well" message click his photo.
Eric LeGrand BELIEVE Fund
Click the picture for more information on the Eric LeGrand BELIEVE Fund, established for the longterm care and rehabilitation of this seriously injured Rutgers Football player. Thank You!
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Its called "Useless Trivia and Mindless Rants". That's because I adhere to the principle that you can't please everyone, nor should you try to please everyone....so before anyone else rips this blog for being a waste of time or having faulty logic, I thought I'd beat them to the punch, and zing just a bit of self deprecating humor into the title....hey, some people think that's an endearing quality.
Seriously....I hope to entertain and maybe inform, and even teach the reader about a few subjects. And don't be alarmed by the political trappings you may see here. I'm upfront about my political beliefs and affiliations, but I don't wear my politics on my sleeve, and have and always will refuse to be locked into a rigid dogma. This is not really a political blog; its just disguised as one.
My model is probably CBS SUNDAY MORNING, a magazine format. I'll talk about news, sports, TV and films, about music, literature and pop culture, and about the famous and the infamous....and about some people who are out there trying to make a difference in a world that seems to get just a little tougher everyday.
Oh yes...there will be some politics as well.
So pour a cup of coffee, cut a piece of cheesecake.....and stick around for a few minutes.
Occupation- If you believe my conservative friends, I'm a pinko commie socialist out to destroy the very fabric of America's core beliefs.
Liberals think I'm an old school moderate Democrat, and that a guy my age needs to get his hair cut more often.
Just put away that broad brush....
I'm just a "Blue Jersey Guy" who happens to "Bleed Scarlet".