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Homeless Vets Campaign Sets Fundraising Record

 HVAC Chairman Bill Meiser and supporters in downtown Lebanon, Nov. 12, 2021 (photo courtesy of Scott Church)

While the Coronavirus pandemic caused many charitable fundraisers to either be cancelled or scaled back in some way this year, often reducing the funds that could be collected, such was not the case for one of Lebanon County’s annual fundraisers.

In fact, 2021 turned out to be the best fundraising effort ever for the 9th Annual Homeless Veterans Awareness Campaign held last month at Fisher Veterans Park in Lebanon and at the Citizens Walk at 9th and Cumberland Streets.

HVAC organizer Bill Meiser tells the Lebanon Valley Daily News:

The VFW’s mission is to help veterans and Meiser believes they’re really walking-the-walk with this campaign.

But is the problem of homelessness among veterans getting any better?

Meiser believes it has improved since President Obama ordered the Veterans Administration to address the issue, but there’s still a long way to go:

One of Meiser’s future goals is to start an actual transitional housing shelter for homeless veterans somewhere in Lebanon County.