In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and Irma, one is struck by the human kindness seen
by everyone and anyone to support people that have been impacted. The devastation is
broad and deep and it will take far too long for families to return to any sense of normalcy.
There is one special group of people that have been impacted by these tragedies that we
want to be sure are not forgotten, and that is our veterans and military families. In Florida
alone, there are over 1.5 million veterans. In the city of Houston, there are over 300,000.
There are many veterans that suffer from multiple medical complications or diseases and
depend on places like the VA Medical Centers (VAMC) to receive their medical care. The
VAMCs both in Florida and in Houston are some of the largest in the country because of the
numbers of patients they serve. And it is likely the VAMCs suffered damage from the
storms, leaving some patients with very limited options for care. As an example, after
Hurricane Katrina destroyed the VAMC in New Orleans, it took the VA some 11 years to
rebuild that facility.
Additionally, there are a few military bases in Florida that are home to not only our brave
military folks but also their families. If any of you were around during Hurricane Andrew, you
remember, as do I, how Andrew decimated Homestead Air Force Base and left that
community without homes, schools and places to work.
Our ask is that you pay special attention to the veterans and military members that have
been impacted by the storms. Lend a hand if you can, donate to organizations that will
focus on their recovery, in addition to others, and remind others to help those that have given our country more than we can ever repay.
Our company has donated to the Fisher House (https://www.fisherhouse.org) in this regard
and we thank you for everything you are doing as well.
To stay updated on the facilities that were impacted by the hurricanes check the links below.
Here are links to where you can help, Donate, Volunteer, etc.
Fisher House : https://www.fisherhouse.org/
Red Cross : http://rdcrss.org/2h32U5s
Catholic Reserve Relief : http://bit.ly/2eWciri
Adventures in Misions : http://bit.ly/2h0RCCG
Boots on the Ground : http://bit.ly/2wq6tII