Jovi's foundation has donated $500,000 to build homes for the homeless veterans. The organization is working with Help USA, a nonprofit that is resolving homelessness among veterans by creating permanent housing programs across America.
Jon Bon Jovi has been rocking the world with his musical prowess for years. Now, the legend uses his voice to bring to the limelight some of the most vulnerable and overlooked sections of our society. Homelessness among veterans is one of the primary issues Jovi is focused on solving. Despite putting their lives on the line for the country, several men and women are rendered homeless after they return. With the help of his JBJ Soul Foundation, he plans on making a difference "One SOUL At A Time."
Jovi's foundation has donated $500,000 to build homes for veterans who often end up on the streets. The organization has extended support to the nonprofit Help USA which fights homelessness among veterans by creating permanent housing programs across America. Thanks to the rockstar, they have recently inaugurated a new housing facility in Washington. Although Jovi himself hasn't served in the military, he was raised by two marine parents. "Service was always a part of who I was," said the star while speaking to The Washington Post, as quoted by Stars and Stripes.
Veterans often return with PTSD and are expected to re-adjust their lives and find work. Unfortunately, they are left to deal with this alone. Many who have nowhere else to turn to, resort to temporary solutions or just become homeless. Jovi understands that better than anyone else as he once told CNN, "Life as you knew it is going to be different, and sometimes, people need that extra help." HELP USA and the JBJ Soul Foundation have provided a place for many veterans to can call "home" several times in the past.
Clifton Braxton, an Air Force veteran is another example who after transitioning in and out of homelessness for over two and a half decades, finally found a permanent roof over his head due to the organizations' efforts. The 72-year-old had been sleeping in his car or on couches of his friends and family until last year. Another 29-year-old Latisha Austin, who became homeless in 2017 had been dependant on temporary housing facilities for almost a year before finding a home in the new complex. The expression on her face was priceless when she first saw her new room. "This is my room," she reportedly said hugging the door. Both Austin and Braxton got the opportunity of meeting Jovi when they went to take a look at their new homes in the complex.
That's not all, the singing sensation also wrote a song honoring the country's veterans who selflessly leave their families behind to fight for the country. The song titled, 'Unbroken' depicts the mindset of a veteran who returns home with battle scars and nightmares but is willing to do it all over again for the love of his country. The song, written by Jovi for the document To Be of Service will also be a part of his new album which is supposed to be released in the spring of 2020, according to USA Today.
Attempting to resolve the problem of homelessness among veterans in the best possible manner, David Cleghorn, HELP USA's chief housing officer, said, "You tend to find social isolation in veterans coming off the streets." After getting permanent housing many of these homeless veterans tend to "close the door, lock it, and never come back out again, because there’s a survival mode they get into. However, Cleghorn mentioned how they are trying to, "develop spaces in the building that will encourage veterans to spend time together." Thanks to the efforts of his foundation, Jovi was able to reduce the "the cycle of poverty, hunger, and homelessness."