Memorial Day And Our Homeless Veterans

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Real Estate Agent with United Realty Group
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Memorial Day is looked on by many as a long weekend filled with family and friend get togethers and backyard barbecues. Getting together on this day has culminated from an important step in our history…remembering and honoring those who have served our country. 

 

On this Memorial Day and throughout the year, I would like to acknowledge those men and women who have risked their lives to protect our freedom. No matter how crazy things have become when we hear the news every day, this is still one of the best countries to live in and raise your children.

 

Today,  I would like to honor my family and an often unlooked part of the detrimental effects of war, our homeless veterans.

A few weeks ago, I was caught up in a bad rain storm while walking along the Hollywood Broadwalk which runs along the ocean. I stepped inside one of the picnic shelters lining the beach. The shelter was filled with a group of men and women. My brother, father and nephew have served,  and when I looked into one of the men’s eyes, I knew right away that he was a veteran. I asked him, and he said yes, and he proudly showed me his tattoo and saluted. He was filled with so much personality and openly shared his story with me. The dark clouds crept in and as the thunder roared, he calmly told me about his life. The life he shared with me was brutal both during the war and once he came back home. 

Many veterans returning from  the war do not have wounds we can see on the outside. The wounds they suffered were buried within and often treated with medication before they were released from the hospital or medical treatment facility. Unfortunately, this does not fix the problem. The streets in South Florida from Miami Beach, Hollywood Beach and Ft. Lauderdale are laced with those who have not found peace within and have chosen to live outside.  My heart goes out to these men and women. 

 

A rainbow burst through the clouds and the rain stopped. The rainbow was there for only  an instant.  We had spoken for a long time and he thanked me for listening. What I wish for him and for all the veterans is for their rainbow to continue to shine along with renewed hope, faith and health. 

 

I also would like to acknowledge those real estate agents that work with veterans. It is a  honor to be able to work with them. 

 

To A Blessed Memorial Day For All. 

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JANICE ZALTMAN - HOLLYWOOD FLORIDA

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SPECIALIZING IN RESIDENTIAL HOMES AND WATERFRONT PROPERTIES

 

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 Janice Zaltman - LEED AP, GREEN

Realtor, United Realty Group

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Rainmaker
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Janice - you raise an important issue that impacts far too many.  An appropriate time to remember and a concern that extends far beyond the day.  

May 26, 2019 09:04 AM #1
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Janice. What a lovely post this is. I honor Veteran's every day and pray for those that are lost.

May 26, 2019 09:10 AM #2
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John Pusa
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Janice Zaltman Realtor, LEED AP Happy Memorial Day to you and to all Veterans including homeless veterans as well!

May 26, 2019 09:12 AM #3
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
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Janice what a thoughtful post. The Veterans do need our support. I see many of them around Phoenix area and I've often thought they were probably veterans.

May 26, 2019 12:56 PM #4
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Janice,
Thank you for honoring our Homeless Veterans on this special weekend.  I know Memorial Day is to honor those who lost their lives in service but, in many ways, I think the homeless veterans did lose part of their life in war.

May 26, 2019 08:09 PM #5
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The call goes out to every individual to participate each one assessing the part

May 27, 2019 06:24 AM #6
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
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Unless you have had the honor to know these individuals before and after their deployment, you may not realize how different they have become. 

May 27, 2019 02:28 PM #7
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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I have worked with a few local groups who help Veterans. It irks me so must to see politcians forget about our own vets in need, in favor of pouring money into other groups instead.There is no balance. 

May 27, 2019 04:18 PM #8
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Elyse Berman, PA
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What a beautiful and thoughtful post, Janice.  And what a nice thing you did for that man.  We owe our veterans much more.

May 27, 2019 05:31 PM #9
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Dale Taylor
Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois - Frankfort, IL
Realtor = Chicago Illinois Homes Townhomes Condos

The shelter season in the chicago Southland runs from October through to May for anyone experiencing homelessness.

There is also a smaller summer program for Guests awaiting housing being readied for them.

It is a sizable network of about a dozen churches providing usually their gym as an emergency shelter location.

South Suburban Pads coordinates numerous services through Case-workers it Employs to help Veterans transition to permanent housing.

I serve on the Board of Directors, and serve as a Shelter Manager. This has been my calling since 2005.

There is probably a Pads Organization in your area.

It is a daily activity for me to fundraise for this vital charity, so please forgive me for including their web address http://Sspads.org.
Thanks

May 27, 2019 07:43 PM #10
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Dale Taylor
Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois - Frankfort, IL
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One more point.

I have only thought this, but when I am serving my Guys at the shelter, I want to say to them, why are you still here in chicago?

I am referring to the climate.

This season I had a first, a gentleman who during the polar vortex got his favorite bottle of whatever, took refuge in a abandoned home, drank himself to sleep, and I found myself serving a man who had to have all his fingers amputated.

He came to me with an extra long shoe-string as a belt.

I convinced another Guest to help him eat and with other other needs. I thought oh I hope this man can sleep all through the night.

Just as I thought it, I hear this please help me cry in a darkened gym. His helper was sound asleep. It was a have mercy on my soul moment for me.

After I finished helping him go to the bathroom, I wrote on the incident report for the Staff to immediately find this man a place where he can be adequately served.

He was very grateful to me. I noticed his bandages look like he had the surgery the same day and released to me.

I have had my heart tugged on many a shelter night, and have stayed pretty strong. After serving him, I had to go to a quiet hidden place to release the baby tears. That one touched me to my very core😌.

When I read you post, it reminded me of all the times i’ve Wanted to say to my Guys, if I found myself homeless, by the fall if I had to hitchhike on a lonely train heading south or west, I would get the hell up out of his cold climate.

January was the roughest in some years on us.
Thanks

May 27, 2019 08:12 PM #11
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Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

I wish we could help them all. It is so sad to think of how many veterans could use our help. We live in a small commnity where we can actually help individuals and do them some good but it is overwhelming to think of all the people who could use food, clothing, shelter and support 

May 27, 2019 11:58 PM #12
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Robert Buys Houses DFW
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Hi Janice,

We help our local U.S. Military Veterans who are homeless as much as possible. Thank you for bringing this to light on Veterans Day 2019. It shoud be a daily happening for American Veterans.

Robert Hernandez

https://www.robertbuyshousesdfw.com

May 28, 2019 04:26 AM #13
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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Good morning Janice - there are many "fallen" from PTSD who are walking but not living.  They should be remembered and cared for.

May 28, 2019 05:27 AM #14
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M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Thank you for taking the time to be with that veteran and to write about his story so we can understand a little more the challenges many vets face.

May 28, 2019 08:30 AM #15
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Roy Kelley
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Congratulations on your feature recognition.

Thanks for sharing your experience.

I love the comments on this post.

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