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