This cause is close to Bon Jovi's heart as both his parents had previously served in the United States Marine Corps
America has had a rich history of war veterans who have inspired us all with their brave feats serving in Armed Forces. They have chosen steadfastly to defend their country against enemies. But this sacrifice has come at a cost. There are many war veterans who suffer from a range of mental health issues, the most common among them is Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) as well as having to deal with several physical injuries. Many vets find it difficult to readjust to civilian life, and also at times have fallen hard financially as well. In light of all these issues, musician Jon Bon Jovi started an initiative called the JBJ Soul Foundation in 2006. The charity's main aim is to help defeat the endless cycle of homelessness, poverty, and hunger that many of our nation's vets find themselves even today.
The legendary rock star has made incredible contributions, and one of their finest efforts is to help 300 homeless veterans to regain their stability in life. The foundation has donated $500,000 to be used to help build apartments for those in need. During an interview, Bon Jovi told CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper why he believed so strongly in helping veterans get back on their feet. He said, "Often times, [veterans] left to deal with PTSD [Post Traumatic Stress Disorder] and the issue of coming back to the workplace after leaving the battlefield…Life as you knew it is going to be different, and sometimes, people need that extra help."
Jon Bon Jovi foundation donates $500,000 to build housing complex for homeless veterans https://t.co/Gj7RIplGfE - This is what it means to be of service, and to give back to those who have served. #tobeofservice #helpthemheal— ToBeofServiceFilm (@BeOfServiceFilm) November 13, 2019
This cause is close to Bon Jovi's heart as both his parents had previously served in the United States Marine Corps. The plan for the apartment complex has been in the pipeline for ten years now, and it has finally come to fruition. The organization will be building the complex in collaboration with nonprofit organization Help USA, KKLZ reports. Not only will the veterans be provided a home, but they will also help find a way to get back on their feet.
The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation also promised to match $100,000 in community donations to the NPHY Housing Expansion Campaign. This was the foundation's first charitable investment in southern Nevada. According to Rare, "The opening of the veteran’s facility comes just after the release of Bon Jovi’s new song, 'Unbroken,' which is featured in the documentary To Be of Service which chronicles veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and how their service dogs changed their lives." What's more proceeds of the song will go directly to the Patriotic Service Dog Foundation, a non-profit organization that pairs veterans and first responders with service dogs.
Jon Bon Jovi dedicated his newest song “Unbroken” to honor veterans suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), .....The Grammy Award-winning singer and philanthropist, through his JBJ Soul Foundation, donated $500,000 to help ... homeless veterans. https://t.co/iZqseaS4Po— 🌴☘️Maureen saysG’day 👋🌧⛈💦 (@826Maureen) November 16, 2019
Bon Jovi fans took to Twitter to praise the musician's philanthropy. Leslieanne Warlick wrote: "Thank you, Jon Bon Jovi. You may have saved more than a few veterans from suicide today. We all need hope. Wendy posted: I always liked Jon Bon Jovi. Classy man. I didn’t know he was doing this [for] veterans. That is so wonderful. Mary Carbonneau, referring to the interview with Tapper, added: Two really decent men! How refreshing to be able to say this in today's political craziness!