Homeless Veterans Fundraiser Golf Outing In May

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Published: April 21, 2015 @ 6:00 AM EDT

The Veterans Chamber of Commerce-NJ, Roselle Park based organization, will be holding their annual golf outing on Sunday, May 17th at the Black Bear Golf Course in Franklin, New Jersey.

The event is a fundraiser where net profits realized from golfer registrations will be donated to Rotary District 7510’s matching funds pool to help Operation Chillout.

One in every five homeless person is a military veteran. An estimated 30% of veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) which can lead to substance abuse and even suicide with more living with chronic illnesses of body, mind and spirit.

There are more than 7,500 homeless veterans in New Jersey with many thousands involved with agencies, shelters, transitional or temporary housing, hospitals and rehabilitation centers. When their services are finished, many of these same people return to the street due to lack of available housing or jobs.

To assist in providing support for homeless veterans and their families, Rotary District 7510 has set an objective of $69,000 in donations and matching grants for Operation Chillout. The proposed use of funds is for purchase of a van to deliver supplies and homeless veterans for $30,000 and the remaining $39,000 for vocational training programs to train veterans with various skills sets.

The long-term goal is to raise awareness and create opportunities for veterans suffering with PTSD. The grant will help homeless veterans improve their livelihood with vocational training in order to allow them easier transition into the workplace as well as society.

A copy of this year’s golf application is available below. Various sponsorships are available and anyone with further questions can contact Kevin Murphy at  (908) 820-0793 or visit the organization’s web site (link).