Mid-Shore Vet­er­ans tackle Shore’s home­less vets needs

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — Within hours of re­ceiv­ing a mon­e­tary do­na­tion, food was be­ing handed out to Ch­ester­town’s home­less vet­eran pop­u­la­tion. Queen Anne’s County Gov­ern­ment be­came aware of Mid-Shore Re­cov­er­ing Vet­er­ans Group when their Em­ployee Moral Com­mit­tee de­cided to help vet­er­ans in honor Vet­eran’s Day. County em­ploy­ees bought flag pins and $520 was raised.

“We will clothe and feed 36 home­less in Ch­ester­town, half of them are vet­er­ans,” said Pur­ple Heart Re­cip­i­ent SFC Bill Sat­ter­field, who served with the U.S. Army in So­ma­lia. Now Sat­ter­field serves vet­er­ans on the Mid-Shore, as part of the non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion Mid-Shore Re­cov­er­ing Vet­er­ans Group. “When you come back, life is up­side down… back­wards,” said Sat­ter­field. “I re­late to these guys. And not all of the home­less vets are guys,” said Sat­ter­field, who has aided a home­less fe­male vet­eran in Ch­ester­town.

“Talk about vets giv­ing back, Bill’s a vet serv­ing vet­er­ans in Queen Anne’s County and now Kent County,” said Royce Ball, co-founder (along with Mar­ion Gan­non) of MidShore Re­cov­er­ing Vet­er­ans Group. “He un­der­stands what vets go through today.”

“We help in non-tra­di­tional ways,” said Ball. “We try to see if the vet is try­ing to help them­selves.” One vet needed steel-toed boots to get a job on a con­struc­tion site, an­other vet had his roof cav­ing in. We part­nered with three agen­cies to get it done and now he has a new roof,” said Ball.

“The tran­si­tion from mil­i­tary life to civil­ian life when they come back here from fight­ing a war is dif­fi­cult, they’ve got the VA sys­tem’s bu­reau­cracy to battle. A vet needs help today, not af­ter fill­ing out 15 pages of forms and wait­ing,” said Ball. “We op­er­ate quickly, usu­ally within 24-36 hours the vet­eran’s needs are served.”

Amanda Hox­ter, Queen Anne’s County Depart­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices, and a Moral Com­mit­tee mem­ber, said her friend had re­cently re­turn home from mil­i­tary ser­vice, his wife was preg­nant, and he was hav­ing a hard time find­ing a job. His plight opened her eyes to the plight of other vet­er­ans. Hox­ter knew she wanted any pro­ceeds raised to go to an or­ga­ni­za­tion that di­rectly helped vet­er­ans. She hap­pened to hear Ball on lo­cal ra­dio, and the lo­cal Amer­i­can Le­gion also rec­om­mended the Mid-Shore Re­cov­er­ing Vet­er­ans Group. Af­ter hear­ing about the or­ga­ni­za­tion twice, Hox­ter did her re­search and dis­cov­ered that they were a great fit for the em­ployee’s Vet­eran’s Day do­na­tions. Al­most 100 per­cent of do­na­tions go di­rectly to vet­er­ans.

The do­na­tion from Queen Anne’s County em­ploy­ees was pre­sented to the MidShore Re­cov­er­ing Vet­er­ans group on Dec. 6. On be­half of the group Ball thanked Hox­ter and the county em­ploy­ees who con­trib­uted. “Keep it up for the vet­er­ans – please,” Ball en­cour­aged.

To learn more about MidShore Re­cov­er­ing Vet­er­ans Group, go to www.msrvg. com. If you know of a vet­eran in im­me­di­ate need, con­tact Royce Ball at 443-995-5908.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Queen Anne’s County em­ploy­ees along with Com­mis­sioner Steve Wilson present the Mid-Shore Re­cov­er­ing Vet­er­ans Group with a do­na­tion.

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