Joe Leal, a former Iraq War veteran who was homeless as a child, has taken it upon himself to ensure that words “homeless” and “veteran” don’t go together anymore.
“You hear this, ‘We support the troops,’ and there’s commercials out there where troops will be walking down the airport and people will clap, like, ‘Thank you for your service,’” Leal tells The Daily Signal. “But what happens after they take the uniform off?”
That concern, along with a booming Los Angeles homeless veteran population and losing his best friend in Iraq, prompted Leal to launch the Vet Hunters Project — a grassroots movement of veterans helping other ex-servicemen and women by going out and finding homeless veterans rather than waiting for the vets to come to them.
On this Veterans Day, The Daily Signal took a closer look at the organization and the lives it’s changing.