Boxes filled with canned meat, vegetables, pasta, hygiene items and clothing were a welcomed sight. In August, Phyllis Cooper, Service for Veterans Liaison for went into action when she heard that HVAF’s food pantry was desperately low in August. Phyllis was introduced to HVAF four years ago. Her husband, Archie, served 30 years in U.S. Army from 1957-63 and then joined the Army National Guard in 1976. Archie retired in 2000. His support system was strong and says his return home to the life he left was a smooth one but the Cooper’s understand how difficult it can be for returning veterans and that motivates them to help veterans who rely on HVAF.
“Whether a veteran has been in combat or not, the fact that they joined the military means that they are willing to serve and protect our country and I have the highest honor, admiration and respect for all who serve.”
Phyllis’ church members at Family of God rallied behind her and collected canned food items. Additionally, The Cooper’s daughter, Michelle, her husband, and three grandsons are doing what they can to also help raise awareness for projects that are dear to their heart. Items donated by the Cooper’s filled the once empty food and hygiene pantry shelves for homeless and near homeless veterans and are handed out during outreach each Tuesday and Thursday.
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