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Sun Lakes Jewish Vets Post helps MANA House

March 19th, 2020 development
Sun Lakes Jewish Vets Post helps MANA House
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BY GEORGE STAHL, Guest Writer

Last month, a group of volunteers from the Jewish War Veterans Post 619 of Sun Lakes served pizza and soda to 72 vets at Catholic Charities MANA
House, Phoenix.

Program Director Horace “Ace” Carter said, MANA House – an acronym for Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force – helps homeless and at-risk veterans “to regroup and to get back on their feet.”

“We off er programs that cover subjects such as ways vets can cope with the everyday stresses of life to dealing with and living with the traumas that they may have experienced while serving in their particular branch of the military,” Carter explained.

The vets who come to MANA House can live there for six months.
“In that time, we help them to look for a job, and even find jobs for some,”
Carter said. “We help with solutions to their housing needs and show them how to fill out all of the paperwork in dealing with the V.A., to help ensure they are getting all of the benefits they have earned.

“Our job is to introduce them to a self-sustaining lifestyle.”

Marine veteran Ernest Edmond and Army veteran Gilbert Medina Jr. live at
MANA House.

Edmond served for seven years and three months and was deployed in the Gulf War from 1985 to 1992.

He was a resident of MANA House nearly 10 years ago when life caught up to him and he found himself in need.

The six months he spent there was enough to get him what he needed to
get back out into the world.

“Then, about a month and a half ago, my housing situation changed, so here I am. We are working on a new place to live now, and I should be homeless for only about two months,” Edmond said.

Edmond is starting a new job working for the regional offi ce of the Veterans Association. He is planning to return to school and earn his master’s degree in human resources management.

“MANA House has been a place of safety for me,” he said.
Gilbert was in the Army for two years, from 1980 to 1982, and stationed at both Fort Hood, Texas, and Fort Ord, California.

He has been battling depression for some time, but until recently was able to care for himself. Within the past two months, he found himself homeless and helpless.

“Now, I have a bright future because of three staff members from MANA
House.

He also was grateful to Post 619. “This is fantastic. What they do is a
shot in the arm, and the pizza was good too.”

There will always be a need and Jewish War Veterans Post 619 will always do what they can to fi ll that need.

The public is encouraged to members the third Sunday of the month at 9:30 a.m. in the Mirror Room at Sun Lakes Country Club to hear an interesting speaker and learn more about how JWV helps our veterans.

No obligation required and refreshments are served.

Information: Commander Ron Buckner, arizonapoppa@gmail.com

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