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F.H. Cann Among Donors Helping Navy Vet Overcome Homelessness
March 24, 2016: ARMing Heroes (www.armingheroes.org
), the collection industry’s charity for military veterans, today shared the story of Fletcher Crawley, a U.S. Navy veteran who dedicated 14 years of his life to serving his country, including time spent overseas. Throughout his years of service, Crawley earned several medals and commendations along the way including two Navy/Marine Achievement Medals, a Navy Sea Service Deployment Medal, a National Defense Service Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and many others.
When a service-connected injury prompted his separation from service, Fletcher returned home to begin his journey of adjusting to civilian life; a journey he never expected would be filled with so many challenges, hardships, and desperation. Unable to work, Veterans Administration disability benefits would be his only source of income. Unfortunately it took two years for the VA to begin paying those benefits. At one point during the wait, Fletcher found himself homeless, living in his car.
So many of America’s veterans face these unimaginable situations, unable to fill the gap between income and expenses for needs that are largely unmet by government programs or even by other military charities. Thanks to generous donors within the ARM industry, the ARMing Heroes grant-making program is able to offer desperate vets and their families some assistance with the most basic of needs when they need it the most.
F.H. Cann & Associates, headquartered in North Andover, MA, is one of several ARM industry firms that participated in the 2015 No Debts for Vets Charity Fundraising Drive. Their company-wide fundraiser during the months of October and November included voluntary employee payroll deductions and a 50/50 raffle. Ownership then matched the funds raised by employees and made an already-generous donation to ARMing Heroes even larger.
Rick Broady, F.H. Cann’s Chief Administrative Officer, spoke about the company’s support of ARMing Heroes year after year. “This is a cause that is near and dear to FHC and we welcome the chance to make as big an impact as we can. American’s veterans face so many difficulties, everything from struggles with their VA benefits to the facing challenges of living with PTSD. FHC is serious about helping our vets and encourages other companies in our industry to do the same. We are honored to be part of ARMing Heroes.”
The grant Fletcher received from ARMing Heroes just before the holidays last year not only offered some relief from his financial burden, but also gave him much-needed help and hope as he continues his journey of rebuilding his life. When he heard the good news of his grant award, Fletcher expressed his sincere appreciation.
“I would like to take this time to send my deepest gratitude to all the donors that support this great cause. My road has been difficult and this grant will help as I start to rebuild my life, going from being homeless and now on track to get my life back. I do not take this for granted and I will be volunteering and donating any way that I can to help others. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
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