Shelly Silvey is the Director of Creative Services at KOMU-TV. She's a 43-year-old-breast cancer survivor, a mom, and last year her decision to turn her minivan around changed one mid-Missouri veteran's life.
|Veteran Justin Coil sitting where he used to sleep in the woods|
Shelly was coming home from work when she saw Justin on the side of the road. "He looked healthy and strong and I wondered why would this man be asking for help as he looked like he could work?" She rolled down her window and started asking Justin questions about how he came to be holding a cardboard sign on the side of the road. She learned he was a veteran. Her conversation ended with "I can't give you money, but I will give you a job."
|Documentary Director Brad Pulliam,|
Shelly Silvey and Veteran Justin Coil
#No1LeftBehind is a joint effort between Welcome Home, the Columbia Housing Authority and the Truman Memorial VA Hospital to give a hand up to people like Justin by refurbishing the site of the Deluxe Inn on Business Loop 70 to create a Veterans campus that includes a new Welcome Home Shelter and 29 Patriot Place apartments. Veterans not only get a roof over their heads but access to VA services that can help them with their physical and mental health. The goal is to end veteran homelessness in mid-Missouri. Currently, there is no emergency shelter for female Veterans. Watch the video to the right to see how homelessness has affected veteran Davina Eubanks of Columbia.
|Justin Coil & Shelly Silvey shares an embrace|
at the place where this veteran used to sleep.
Civilians especially need to embrace this proposed solution. We civilians need to do our part to help these men and women who offered to pay the ultimate price for our freedom. They fought for our homes. Now, it's our turn to fight for theirs. We can't all do what Shelly did.
We can't stop for them all, but supporting this campaign might be the equivalent of rolling down your window and offering a veteran a house, a warm meal and a better chance at life. Those things are far more valuable than our pocket change.
Donate. Share. Care... by visiting this link. http://www.no1leftbehind.com .
Don't wait. 22 veterans committed suicide in the last 24 hours.
|Tax Deductible Donation: No1LeftBehind.com|