It has been said that actions speak louder than words.
Thursday, September 4th marked another day on the calendar for many people. But for some veterans down on their luck in California’s 4th Congressional District, it was a day for hope. Retired Lieutenant Colonel Charlie Brown was joined by retired General Wesley Clark for a check presentation ceremony to three very special veteran’s service providers: Rebuild Hope, the Greater Oroville Homeless Coalition, and Cottage Housing.
$30,000 was donated to these three groups from Charlie’s campaign—something no other political campaign has done in known history. Charlie Brown has been committed to doing good right now through his Promises Kept Veteran’s Charity Challenge giveaway. The results have been nearly $55,000 in campaign money since Charlie started this unprecedented event back in March 2008.
The day’s events started with a speech by Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran Josh Steward, who came to the meeting in support of Charlie and to tell his story of how a former Veteran’s Charity Challenge recipient, Soldier’s Angels, helped him get back on track after a terrible accident while in service.
The 2nd runner-up in the Promises Kept Veteran’s Charity Challenge was the Greater Oroville Homeless Coalition. The Coalition helps homeless families or those who are at risk of becoming homeless, acquire, access, or maintain safe, temporary or permanent shelter---often veterans, or women with children. Charlie and the campaign presented the group with a $5,000 check. This money will be instrumental in their development for many months to come.
The 1st runner-up, Rebuild Hope, is a relatively new non-profit who’s goal is to help keep soldiers and their families financially stable through tough times. The group received $10,000 from the Brown campaign, which will help drastically increase their scope and the number of families they can assist. Rebuild Hope is a national non-profit organization dedicated to mobilizing individual Americans to improving the financial health of severely injured soldiers, veterans and their families during their transition from military to civilian life. They are the only group in the nation to provide such services.
Finally, the Promises Kept winner, Cottage Housing, received a check from Charlie for $15,000. Cottage Housing creates healing residential communities where homeless people are able to support one another while accessing the full range of supportive services they need to make the transition from the streets to self-sufficiency.
Tim Burke, a veteran and one-time recipient of assistance from the group, said that the pride he felt in knowing that he was "a tax-payer instead of a burden" helped motivate him and he now works with Cottage Housing to help get his brothers & sisters off the streets.
With General Wesley Clark on hand, Charlie was doing something amazing. He was shining a spotlight on a need in not only this district, but this country as well. Too often our men & women are bravely sent off to fight & defend our freedoms. When they come home from battle, no one seems to want to care for them. It takes groups like Cottage Housing, Rebuild Hope and the Greater Oroville Homeless Coalition to provide services to help get through tough times. Now that they are receiving the attention they deserve, maybe more help will come.
General Clark said it best:
"Everybody needs money and wants support, but this is the first time I’ve come to a candidate who gives back as he raises."
For more information on these groups and what the Promises Kept Veteran’s Charity Challenge, please visit our Promises Kept page on our website.