In spite of a year that has already included a pandemic, racial unrest, economic devastation and the most named storms ever, we live in a place where neighbors help each other, scientists and medical professionals bring hope, and parents, houses of faith, businesses and charities prove their resilience. Underneath it all – we still live in the safest and most prosperous country – all because of the sacrifices our military has made to protect us. As Tropical Storm Eta hits our neighbors, I am reminded of all the individuals, companies, foundations, governmental entities and volunteers who have been there – and continue to be here – for us through some extraordinary times.
Three years after Hurricane Harvey made landfall, many of the roughly 400,000 veterans across Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast are still impacted by the storm’s devastating effects. In response to the disaster, the Qatar Harvey Fund partnered with the Bob Woodruff Foundation to deploy millions of dollars in grants to organizations serving veterans so they can rebuild, recover, and thrive after the hurricane. Those veterans now face new and urgent challenges of illness, unemployment, uncertainty, and isolation due to COVID-19. Over the past two years, this fund has supported Easter Seals Greater Houston’s mental health counseling, financial coaching and emergency financial assistance for veterans. Many of those helped have truly begun to thrive. This week we learned we will receive additional funding to support veterans who are still struggling with the impact of Hurricane Harvey and who have now been set back by 2020’s unprecedented events. We are grateful to the Qatar Harvey Fund and the Bob Woodruff Foundation for the generous support, but mostly we are grateful that we will be able to support even more of the veterans who make our way of life possible. This Veterans Day, let’s strive to be an American worth fighting for and please join me in celebrating all of you who generously make our services for military families possible.
Easter Seals Greater Houston CEO