Local organization helps homeless vets

The Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative is helping homeless and at-risk veterans gain their dignity.

At MHVI families can get everything from furniture to toiletries to food. Executive Director Debbie Buchanan reminds us it's easy to help.

"Give! Even donations of furniture, small household items, things as simple as dish-washing soap or a role of paper towels are needed," she said.

Supporters can also donate money. Buchanan admits former military men and women are often too proud to ask for help.

"They feel like they served the country," she said. "They don't want to look like they want a handout. They are really trying to reintegrate themselves."

So far this year the agency has made 183 deliveries to 48 families. More than half are female vets. 

"They're struggling with so many things. We take that burden off of them of not knowing where they're going to spend the next night."

Buchanan said helping veterans gain independence delivers a deep sense of pride. 

"Just for me it's rewarding at the end of the day to keep a veteran and their family off the streets and provide them with shelter and food. It makes all the difference in the world!" she said.

If you would like to donate or volunteer go to their website for more information.

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