Updated photos replace previously posted flier notification of the September, 2011 Homeless Vet Stand Down.
I was privileged to attend this event as a volunteer. I really did not do much but served as a runner for other volunteers needing things. In between times, I got a few photos of the scene and willing participants.
It was my honor to be in place to chat with some of these vets, and with some of those who serve the veterans as well.
It can amusing to be myself sometimes. Because I hang out with my camera getting some video, photos--and chat with anyone in my range; some people assume I am someone of influence. (Ha-Ha).
One particularly interesting conversation I had was with an enthusiastic client who was very pleased with services at the Gulf Coast VA. He insisted that I know and spread the word. The particulars of the conversation eluded me by the time I was able to write anything down--so, please, if you are a Social Worker or anyone who serves the Veterans from the Biloxi location--you ARE appreciated!
I have discovered homeless sleeping at the piers in several of my recent early morning walks. I actually spoke with one of the "Pier Residents" who is also a veteran.
South Mississippi is blessed to have Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Naval Construction Battalion Center/20th Seabee Readiness Group, and the Air National Guard in Gulfport. Camp Shelby, near Hattiesburg, MS is approx 65 miles or an hour and 15 minutes from the MGC (Mississippi Gulf Coast)