Group relies on community to help homeless veterans

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Homeless_ManThe National Veterans Homeless Support picked up the pace of its assistance to homeless veterans in 2012 in Brevard and surrounding counties, thanks to a surprise $1 million boost from the state.

But, now, long after that money was used to established transitional homes and for Stand Downs, one-day events to help veterans, the organization operated with the help of volunteers now is relying on the community to continue its work.

The organization is holding NVHS Rescuing Veterans Lost in America Dinner, a $100-per-person event hosted by Brevard County constitutional officers May 16 at the Radisson Resort at the Port convention center.

Guest of honor and featured speakers is retired Col. Danny McKnight, known for commanding an Army Ranger unit in a mission into Mogadishu, Somalia, that was depicted in the movie “Black Hawk Down.”

Property Appraiser Dana Blickley, Tax Collector Lisa Cullen, Clerk of Courts Scott Ellis, Sheriff Wayne Ivey and Supervisor of Elections Lori Scott have united to host the event.

“All five are committed to the event because of what NVHS has done for the homeless,” said Blickley, a longtime volunteer who serves on the board of directors of NVHS.

She said the State Attorney’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office and others also have committed to the cause of helping veterans in need.

“We want to show the community the power of partnership,” said George Taylor Sr., founder and president of NVHS. “It will show what partnership can accomplish. It’s going to be huge.”

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