Thanks to an amazing $1 million gift from The MacNaughton Group – the largest single donation in U.S.VETS history – we will be able to ramp up our efforts to provide housing and services to homeless veterans in Hawaii, which struggles with the highest rates of homelessness in the country.
This story originally appeared on Hawaii News Now on June 19, 2017.
Crippled by post traumatic stress disorder, Staff Sgt. Sterling Beair struggled with everyday life after returning from the battlefields of Iraq.
“Coming home with all the things and experiences a medic might go through kind of left a big hole in me,” said Beair. “That lead to poor choices, drinking. That lead to substance abuse. That lead to destruction of my family.”
The soldier was homeless on Oahu for two years before getting hooked up with U.S.VETS while locked up at OCCC. “These guys gave me a place to lay my head, food, breakfast, lunch and dinner,” he said. “Clothing on my back, because I came here with nothing.” Today, Beair is sober, in a place of his own and working towards his Master’s degree.
It’s stories like Beair’s that prompted The MacNaughton Group, a local development company, to make a $1 million donation to U.S.VETS in Kalaeloa…