VFW assists with homeless stand down in Farmington

Posted at: 10/25/2013 5:43 PM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It’s amazing what a fresh haircut and a shower can do for someone who is homeless.

There is a network of people trying to make their situation a little better, with something so simple.

Jerry lard spent six years in the military. Once he came back from combat, life took many interesting turns.

"I was at the homeless shelter down in Farmington. I stayed so long I came so long I became a manager," lard said.

Jerry isn't homeless anymore, but for several New Mexican veterans, homelessness is a constant burden.

That’s why the VFW has teamed up with other organizations to host the homeless stand down in Farmington.

"A lot of times the transitions out of the military, it’s very difficult for some people to adjust back to not being in war and not being in combat," said Bart Sisson of the VFW.

The event is a chance for homeless and non-homeless vets to learn about new opportunities for a better life.

They’re served a hot meal, and are able to get new clothes, haircuts and a chance to discover housing and job possibilities.

"If we can do anything to get the info they need to get jobs and housing and move on with their life and say thank you for what they did for us," said Sisson.

It's acts of kindness like this that make jerry and the other vets feel like someone cares...

"The feeling of worthiness everybody days thank you it's very much appreciated," said Jerry.

There’s another homeless stand down Saturday at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, and you don't have to be a veteran.