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They served our country in the Army, Navy and Air Force, and they have no one to buy them Christmas presents.

That’s where you can help. 

Veterans Empowerment Organization in Atlanta is sponsoring “Adopt a Hero for the Holidays.” VEO provides housing, addiction recovery and mental health services, and job training for veterans who need assistance becoming self-sufficient. 

“Since 2008, Veterans Empowerment Organization has helped veterans create better lives for themselves and their families. At VEO, we offer a healing campus environment that allows veterans to rebuild their lives,” VEO states on its website.

Tyler Bowser, an Air Force veteran, talks with residents at the Veterans Empowerment Organization facility in Atlanta. The VEO helps homeless veterans get off the street and back into a functioning civilian life. STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC
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VEO currently has dozens of veterans on its website who have listed a desire to receive a gift. 

Here are a few of the profiles on VEO’s site:

Carter: “I'm a 58 year-old Army veteran who enjoys fishing and spending time with my kids. I also enjoy watching football and basketball in my down time. Thank you for caring and sharing!”

Davis: “I served in the Army for 14-1/2 years. When I was discharged, I became homeless. I found VEO, and they have been an active force in my life ever since. I thank God for VEO, and I thank God for you!”

Nash: “I am the grandmother of three. I have legal custody of my deceased son's children. Thanks for providing food for our holiday table!”

How it works:

  1. You choose a veteran to help. Many are individuals, but some are families.
  2. Confirm your choice by providing VEO with your contact information.
  3. Shop. You’ll receive a profile and needs list for the hero you adopt
  4. Prepare you gifts
  5. Deliver them to VEO on one of the selected dates (no later than Dec. 14)

Volunteers will wrap the gifts and deliver them to the heroes. All gifts are tax deductible.

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