The following post is from our advertiser, The Doe Fund.


For thousands of American service members leaving Iraq, this holiday season will be a special one as they reunite with their families. But not all returning soldiers will have a place to call home. The National Alliance to End Homelessness reports that veterans represent up to 20% of the homeless population in the United States, and that number is expected to rise in the coming years.

For 25 years, New York's homeless veterans have turned to The Doe Fund, a nonprofit whose mission is to break cycles of homelessness, crime, and addiction. Best known for the "men in blue" of its Ready, Willing & Able program, The Doe Fund helps veterans return to civilian life through transitional jobs, training, housing, counseling, and direct linkages to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and community support networks.

At 11:00 am on December 25th, participants in The Doe Fund's Veterans Program will join hundreds of "men in blue," Doe Fund supporters, and members of the community at the organization's Mama Doe Candlelight Vigil at the Main Concourse in Grand Central Terminal. This annual event honors the memory of a homeless woman who lived at the train station and tragically died there in 1985. Her passing inspired The Doe Fund’s name, as well as its mission to give homeless individuals the tools they need to provide for themselves.

Since then, The Doe Fund has transformed thousands of lives, with the help of 50,000 individual supporters. Join them today.