If you are in the neighborhood of Harvard Business School today or tomorrow, stop by the area in front of Spangler Hall and make a donation. Veterans who are pursuing their MBA at Harvard are once again extending themselves to raise funds in support of the New England Center for Homeless Veterans.
See below the recent article that appeared in the HARBUS, written by Matt Thompson, HBS 2010 and Co-President of the Armed Forces Alumni Association:"Every year for the past decade MBA students who have served in the Armed Forces spend two days in a military tent outside of Spangler Hall to raise money to support the New England Center for Homeless Veterans (NECHV). The problem is bigger than you might think. While there are no national records on homeless veterans, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that more than 275,000 veterans are homeless on any given night, and, more than 500,000 experience homelessness over the course of a year. Conservatively, one out of every four adult homeless males who is sleeping in a doorway, alley, or box in our cities and rural communities has put on a uniform and served our country. It is a shame to think that those who put their life on the line for our freedom would end up living on the street begging for money. But, war is a terrible thing. Many who are lucky enough to make it back fight with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, alcohol and drug addiction, or struggle to re-integrate with "normal" life. They need your help and on April 21-22 you can by donating at the tent or through www.paypal.com and making a gift to NECHV through firstname.lastname@example.org. The money will go to the NECHV, an organization that for over twenty years has extended a helping hand to homeless men and women veterans who are addressing the challenges of addiction, trauma, severe and persistent mental illness, and/or unemployment and who will commit themselves to sobriety, non-violence, and working for personal change. They are recognized as one of the most effective private veteran's transition programs in the country. Please go to www.nechv.org to learn more. We look forward to seeing you, rain or shine, on April 21 and 22!"
If you are unable to stop by, you can still donate on-line. I encourage you to do so in supporting this worthy cause.