Cleland to address plight of homeless vets
10/11/2013, 6 a.m.
Former U.S. Sen. Max Cleland will speak about the growing number of homeless veterans on Oct. 20 at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Atlanta.
The “Coming Home – Helping Homeless Veterans” event takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. It is part of the church’s 2013 fall theme, “Providing a Second Chance.”
Doors open at 5 p.m.
Cleland, a decorated Vietnam veteran, grew up in the city of Lithonia.
He was awarded the Silver Star and the Bronze Star for valorous action in combat after losing both of his legs and an arm in Vietnam.
He is author of “Heart of a Patriot: How I Found the Courage to Survive Vietnam, Walter Reed and Karl Rove.”
Cleland will speak about his experiences as a veteran and the importance of helping veterans facing a different battle at home. He also will sign copies of his book.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1968 and attained the rank of captain.
Cleland was appointed administrator of the Veterans Administration by President Jimmy Carter in 1977 and served until 1981.
He served as Georgia secretary of state from 1982 to 1996 and was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996, serving from 1997 to 2003.
The Coming Home event includes dinner at the newly renovated Fellowship Hall, photos, the book signing, and a candlelight dedication to the Prayers for Peace Memorial.
Bruce Burney, Trinity Community Ministries executive director, said it is an honor to have Cleland participate.
“He is fiercely passionate about raising awareness on the unique challenges that put our nation’s veterans on a path that too often results in losing their homes and their families,” Burney said.
Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Trinity Community Ministries and its programs, which include Trinity Living, a permanent supportive housing program for homeless men, many of whom are veterans.
Peachtree Road United Methodist Church is at 3180 Peachtree Road N.W.
For more information or to R.S.V.P., visit tcmatlanta.org/coming-home or contact Bruce Burney at email@example.com or 404-577-6651, Ext. 243.