Biking across America to help veterans

Vet Hunters Project begins at The Salvation Army’s Bell Shelter.


On Wednesday, July 27, The Salvation Army will team up with the Vet Hunters Project and the Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day organization as they commence a 1,900-mile cross-country bicycle ride.

The mission—to connect with homeless veterans, informing them of services available to them and to bring greater public awareness to the plight of homeless vets everywhere.

The journey begins at 7 a.m. at The Salvation Army’s Bell Shelter, the largest homeless shelter west of the Mississippi, in Bell, Calif., which provides shelter to more than 300 men and women, many of them veterans learning to readjust to civilian life through transitional living, substance abuse and job skills counseling.

The 16-member Vet Hunter bike team is comprised of active duty service members, military veterans, concerned Americans and even two vets who are currently homeless themselves. The trek includes numerous stops in communities large and small, and visits to homeless shelters and veterans’ hospitals and culminates at the National Stand Down hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs in St. Louis, Mo.

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