BY JURRY TAALIB-DEEN
Journal Staff Writer
It’s no secret that many U.S. veterans are homeless, regardless of their sacrifices to this country. Two organizations launched an aggressive campaign to help alleviate some of those hardships that veterans experience.
Milestone Inc., an organization that helps veterans, and their family receive various services by referring them to the proper agencies. And, Top Ladies of Distinction, a national humanitarian, educational, and interracial organization that enhances the status of all women, joined forces to provide area veterans with laundry, and hygiene products. The organizations converged at the Commons at Garden Lake, 1065 Garden Lake Parkway, on Saturday, November 5, to distribute over 60 laundry baskets filled with laundry, and hygiene products.
Rodell Ramsey, founder of Milestones, and a Vietnam Veteran, started the organization one year ago, but has been fighting for the humane treatment of veterans for over 15 years.
“As a veteran, I know the struggle. I want to make it less of a struggle for those who sacrificed to protect this country,” he told The Toledo Journal.
“Things that the VA (Veterans Administration) may be slow at getting, we expedite. We find out the veteran’s needs, and refer them to the proper agencies,” Mr. Rodell said.
Milestone Inc. refers veterans to agencies that provide family and individual support, mental, medical, and dental health, financial resources, housing, substance abuse, and substance abuse professionals.
Sybil McDowell, National Area Five Director of Top Ladies of Distinction Inc., said that, her organization works throughout the country trying to help veterans. In fact, she added that, one of the organization’s founders, Ozell Dean, was a Major in the United States Air Force. Her name is on the organization’s outreach program for veterans
“We want the veterans to know we care about them. That’s why we wanted to partner with Milestone; we wanted to help those who served our country,” Ms. McDowell said.
To donate to Milestone Inc. ongoing effort to help veterans, visit www.milestoneinc.org or visit them on Facebook at LetMilestoneHelp.