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Local veteran wants to build 'Village Of Valor' for veterans

Posted at 6:30 PM, Sep 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-10 18:30:04-04

More than 12 years ago, LaMar Powell hit hard times after he got out of the military. "(I) Had a divorce and marriage and things of that nature. So it set me back into doing substances and things of that sort," he says.

He got back on the right path after entering a program at Stand Down in Palm Springs.  Now he's an Outreach Coordinator helping other homeless veterans.

Roy Foster, the organization's co-founder had his share of dark days as a veteran. Now he plans to take "Stand Down" to another level.

So far Foster has raised more than $27 million to build a Village Of Valor.

There, homeless veterans and their families will live and pay reduced rent and get the services they need.

It won't be just for homeless veterans, but for all veterans who need help.

"Their credit debts, getting that credit in order and we are going to place them into one of our incubator programs where it could be in a dining facility, the coffee shop that we are anticipating of making. where they can learn the operation of a small business," Foster says.

Foster refuses to let the veterans who need help be forgotten, remembering decades ago what impacted him to help other veterans.

"I saw how veterans were being rejected, how they were being labeled and they were just totally discounted. and at that point in my mind and in my  heart I said this can't go on any longer," he says.


Contact information:
Roy Foster
Stand Down
An Initiative of Faith Hope Love Charity, Inc.
3175 S. Congress Avenue
Suite 310
Palm Springs

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