SAN BENITO — As long as there are veterans around, the San Benito Elks Lodge will never forget them and will always try to help.
Many veterans are homeless and, according to Elks lodge officials, many live in the Rio Grande Valley.
It’s unfortunate, but there are ways the community can help.
As human beings, we should help these people, said Exalted Leader John Olivo.
Olivo, a Vietnam veteran himself, can understand what his fellow service members are going through.
It’s an issue that weighs heavily on him and has spurred his unwavering dedication to helping his fellow man in need.
That’s why homeless veterans are being given “survival” tote bags containing necessary day-to-day items. San Benito Elks Lodge No. 1661 began this program through an Elks National Foundation Grant called the Freedom Grant.
The totes are available to all homeless veterans at the VA Clinic, Loaves and Fishes in Harlingen, The Ark in San Benito and the Brownsville Lodge.
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Locations where homeless vets can obtain their survival totes:
* VA Clinic in Harlingen
2106 Treasure Hills Blvd.
* Loaves and Fishes
514 S E St.
* The Ark in San Benito
951 N. Williams Road
* The Brownsville Elks
Lodge No. 2876.
400 W. Ruben M.
Residents who would like to donate money or items for the survival totes are encouraged to contact the Elks Lodge at 956-399-1351.
Small sewing kits
If you know of any homeless vets who are in need of assistance contact the lodge.