American Homeless Veterans has held events attended by over 100 Members of Congress and 25 presidential appointees to the DOD.
AWARENESS AND SUPPORT FOR VETERANS
Many veterans’ organizations are effective in their mission of lobbying the Congress for needed Veteran benefits. American Homeless Veterans takes a different and complimentary tact by influencing public opinion through the generation of vast earned media coverage, both nationally and for non-profit transitional facilities for homeless veterans around the country.
Through the OPERATION UNITED REVEILLE I, II, III & IV tours, the “Salute to American Veterans” and the National Convention for Veterans, American Homeless Veterans has conducted 49 large-scale rallies events to generate much needed attention to dozens of non-profit transitional facilities around the United States. These city rallies and the conventions generated literally millions of dollars of “earned media” coverage to benefit the work of organizations dedicated to returning otherwise homeless veterans back into society where they belong.
Events sponsored by American Homeless Veterans has received coverage from CNN, the Associated Press, NPR and The Washington Post. American Homeless Veterans was also featured in dozens of regional newspapers and by nationally syndicated radio programs, like the “Bob Edwards Show” and the “Lars Larson Show.”
An example of American Homeless Veterans sponsored programs is The National Convention for Veterans, which garnered national media attention. The two day national Convention conducted at the Reserve Officers’ Association, right next to the capital, drew leaders from transitional facilities from around the country, and over a dozen U.S. Senators, Congressman and Congresswomen. Concentrating on homeless veterans and caring for those who returned from war zones, the National Convention helped to raise the priority of veterans on the nation’s agenda, with some Member’s citing the Convention in their remarks on the floor of Congress.
American Homeless Veterans continues to roll radio interviews around the country, through Operation United, Reveille V and VI. Interviews cite the specific good works of local homeless veteran facilities, where American Homeless Veterans has conducted on site rallies, urging support through providing contact information, including websites. Listeners are told what measures they can take to help veterans.