Posted on Dec 2, 2013
SSG Matthew Thomas
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LORD yes!  You can reach out to Wounded Warrior Project (unsure of your status), Operation Home Front, Veteran's Administration, Samaritan's Purse, Operation Toy Drop, Army Reserve-Family programs, Salvation Army, Goodwill.  These places have a lot of programs under them that "sponsor" military families during the holidays.  Also Christmas Angel programs  as well.  I would also suggest if you know any local churches, drop the family's name in the hat, the family may also get a sponsor there as well.  I recently had a friend seeking advice about an underprivileged family.  I told her start an Event on facebook and set a time for it.  People donated tons.....  My suggestion, put the word out.. there are always people wanting to help, they just don't know who/how to help or who needs it most.   Good luck! 
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CMSgt William Galvan
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The newly formed Rocky Mountain Veterans Village Foundation in Colorado Springs putting are putting together a program to assist underemployed veterans throughout their transition. It is going slow but it is going. This is not a hand out. It is a hand up. Their commitment will be their fuel for success.
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SSG Mike Angelo
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CMSgt, I believe you touched up a good point, "This is not a hand out. It is a hand up"...There are those who have the negative mindset of handouts.
As a veteran, I needed help with housing, education, work and groceries. I needed a job but when jobs are scarce, I relied on several networks just to survive. No one said that getting out of the military is going to be easy. It is far from it.

One job is not enough in some demographic areas. I relied on my friends, family, and making new friends to keep me going.

I had to learn to do my own outreach and now I help others in their journey.
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CMSgt William Galvan
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Mike,
You are a true warrior. Falling down is easy. Getting back up is hard but rewarding.
We are in motion to build our first veterans village ranch in Colorado Springs. Right behind that, is a plan to go nation wide.
Chief
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