Target: Myron Smith, via Whole Man Ministries
Goal: Congratulate homeless veteran on progress and encourage him to continue
Myron Smith is a homeless veteran who, after bouts of severe depression and contemplation of suicide, was finally diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Now on medication, Myron is trying to re-establish himself and is helping other vets at the same time. Myron currently volunteers his time remodeling homes for other homeless veterans and one day hopes to have a home of his own.
It is approximated that there are 57,000 homeless veterans across the United States. In Forsyth County, North Carolina, there are an estimated 40 of these displaced vets, according to the United Way. A grassroots movement called Homes 4 Our Heroes was started by Whole Man Ministries in Winston-Salem, in an effort to get permanent and safe lodging for at least some of these veterans. This has mostly been an effort brought about by donations and volunteers working on the project. Myron Smith happens to be one of these volunteers.
Myron Smith, a six-year Army veteran, has combated PTSD, alcohol addiction, severe depression and thoughts of suicide. After finally getting diagnosed and getting on proper medication, he sought out further ways to improve. Myron became part of an apprenticeship program set up by Whole Man Ministries Pastor Barry Washington. He is now staying with a friend and actively working every day to help remodel homes that, upon their finish, will offer housing to homeless veterans. The apprenticeship with Homes 4 Our Heroes has given Myron a new outlook. Myron now hopes to one day have his own home and work in a hospital helping other vets, whose traumas and feelings of displacement he so clearly understands. Please sign below and let Myron know that you support him in his path to health and helping other homeless vets overcome the same hardships he has encountered.
Dear Myron Smith,
Thank you for your contribution served to this country. With the daily images of military on the news, it is easy for the public to become blind to the display and difficult to realize the full scope of demands that duty requires of a person.
I understand that you faced some dark, difficult days, but the progress you are making is both wonderful and inspiring. Your experiences could be a huge benefit to fellow veterans also experiencing displacement, as you will be able to bring a level of empathy to the conversation that a layman may not wholly understand.
Don’t give up. Please keep going towards the positive path you have found. You can make a big difference in other veterans’ lives and I really hope you do. We need you to take the front so we can learn from your lead. Myron, thank you again and I wish the very best days for you.
[Your Name Here]
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