New York City. Zakk. 8.1.17

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Zakk was very straight to the point with us. In fact, I am almost certain he would have preferred us to read the sign he was holding. His sign, representative of a 4th grade poster board project highlighting a hero, had all of his information on it. It was clear, he was a veteran.

Zakk joined the military when he was 18. Two years later he shot three times, leaving him confined to a wheelchair 80% of the time. Zakk was discharged at 20. At 28, after a stint in jail, he lost his apartment due to his brother's mishaps. And now, at 30, Zakk lives on the streets, as the 30% disability/$340 per month he receives from the government* (and a tumultuous family relationships) significantly limits his options.

Zakk - although a moan of few words - was one of sincere character. It is our hope that the increase he put in for (2 years ago) is approved and that he can - once again - get his life back on track (and keep it that way).

For more information on homeless veterans please visit the links below:

  • www.supporthomelessveterans.org
  • www.va.gov/homeless/
  • nchv.org