U.S.VETS – St. Louis held a special Veterans Day event at the Missouri History Museum. Approximately 200 people came to see an exhibit of magnificent portraits of homeless veterans by photo journalist Jerry Tovo. The event also included a cocktail reception, and remarks from Executive Director Bill Wallace about the issues facing many of our veterans, as well as our work in the St. Louis region and across the country the past 20 years. Charlie Felker, Chairman of the Missouri Board of Directors and St. Louis Advisory Board, also gave some remarks to those in attendance. Charlie is a decorated Afghanistan Veteran, who served 4 tours as an Infantry Officer leading a Ranger Company.
The museum provided a beautiful setting for the event, held in the atrium beneath The Spirit of St. Louis. Many board members were able to attend, along with representatives from local elected officials, partners from the VA, Washington University Brown School of Social Work and the Dean of UMSL Department of Military and Veteran Studies. Many were able to hear the stories and experiences of our veteran clients first-hand as they mingled with invited guests at the event.