I’m going to get on my soapbox and say something that might be controversial.

We are quick to thank veterans for their service – unless they’re homeless.

As the widow of a Vietnam veteran, I have been involved with active military and veterans for years. But it’s my work with the homeless veterans in which I see the biggest need—and the biggest impact we can make.

These men and women on the streets have served our country. It’s our responsibility to care for them. They have sacrificed for our country, willing to give their lives for our freedom.

And, how do we treat them? We ignore them. Or worse, we mistreat them. These people are not animals. For most, something happened in their lives that was out of their control.

New Mexico Veterans Integration Centers (VIC) is doing its part to help homeless veterans and their families. They provide multiple housing options, clothing and food. They offer the care and services these veterans need to integrate back into society. The VIC helps veterans reconnect with the benefits they are entitled to from honorably serving our country to get the physical and mental healthcare they need.

Rather than simply thanking veterans for their service, I ask my fellow community members to join me in stepping up and helping those who proudly wore a uniform to serve our country.

Your support of VIC allows them to continue doing their work of “helping veterans and their families beyond the battle.”

s/Margy Privett

11212 Kaibab Rd SE

Albuquerque, NM

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