Most veterans give back to other veterans by volunteering their time at places that cater to helping their brothers and sisters on a daily basis. Some help drive others to the store, while other vets check up on those who are disabled and can’t get around.
In the case of Marine Joe Clemens, he turned his home into a homeless shelter for veterans, while also providing them other services. Talk about an angel! I don’t know this military brother personally, but I pray that God rewards him generously so he can keep doing amazing things!
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Former Marine Joe Clemens has one final mission—help as many Veterans as he can, while he can.
Clemens, who is diagnosed with terminal Neurotic Idiopathic Angioedema, a rare blood disease, has spent the last 8 years helping homeless veterans, many with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, get back on their feet and re-acclimated to society.
Clemens said the calling on his life to assist other veterans came from his own experience after his service in the Marines had ended.
“I do this to help veterans because when I got out nobody helped me,” Clemens said. “And I went to all of these service organizations, and I didn’t get anywhere.”
Clemens explains that in military combat, a soldier is responsible for the man on his left and the man on his right. With that same idea, Clemens opened up his home to any Veteran that needed it.
“I offer them a place to live,” Clemens said. If they need clothes, I buy them clothes, If they need food, then I buy food for them. Whatever they need.”
But Clemens doesn’t stop at just basic necessities. He also helps veterans go back to school, apply for grants, get job training assistance and help make sure they receive fair medical coverage and benefits from the US Department of Veterans Affairs. And he doesn’t want much in return.
“This house represents hope. You know you are worth it, and I want to help you get to where you belong,” Kavanagh said.
This doesn’t happen every day and you rarely hear of stories like this, so when I saw it I knew I had to share it. Our veterans usually get the short end of the stick because our government intrudes on the what and how, instead of just acting and doing.
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