Left Coast Voices

"I would hurl words into the darkness and wait for an echo. If an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight." Richard Wright, American Hunger

Veterans Village – A Story for the Season of Goodwill

My novel, Unwanted Heroes, offered a solution for one PTSD war veteran, but what if we had a model that could help many, across the country. In Los Vegas, not exactly the city with the image of community and volunteerism. But an army of wonderful individuals, supported by the Home Depot Foundation, created a village that can answer the special needs of war veterans, totally renovating an old dilapidated motel. 

Got 7 minutes? Check out this video. This is the season of goodwill – these amazing people are showing the way, reaching out a hand to amazing people who served their country. And let’s not forget the support of a corporation – Home Depot

There is a way to change America. 

Veterans Village

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Alon Shalev is the author of three social justice-themed novels: Unwanted Heroes, The Accidental Activist and A Gardener’s Tale. He is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Hillel Jewish Student Center, a non-profit that provides spiritual and social justice opportunities to Jewish students in the Bay Area. More on Alon Shalev at http://www.alonshalev.com and on Twitter (@alonshalevsf).

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