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Tri-State Couple Working To Feed Homeless Veterans

They fought for the American Dream, but many Tri-State veterans are without the very basis of that notion-a place of there own.

Posted: Aug 17, 2020 6:56 PM
Updated: Aug 18, 2020 2:19 PM

They fought for the American Dream, but many Tri-State veterans are without the very basis of that notion-a place of their own.

"We've got some heroes," says Rodney Bond, H.O.S.P President.

For Rodney Bond of Henderson, his days now consist of giving back from the new Veteran's Cafe located right inside the All Peddlers Flea Market.

"All my life I have wanted to help veterans and just over the years there are not that many people who were helping them and I said I have to do something," says Bond. "Then, I came here to Henderson and found out we have over 650 homeless veterans on the streets."

Bond and his wife spend hours everyday of the week making nearly two dozen home-cooked meals which they deliver to local veteran shelters.

"Have you ever walked up to a homeless veteran and handed them a plate of food?," says Bond. "The look you get just makes you want to cry."

The ingredients for the meals are paid for out of pocket which has been slightly costly.

To help even more, the couple recently opening the cafe.

"If they don't want to donate to me, come down to eat something because everything we make in here, every penny we make on food goes to feeding the homeless," says Bond. "We use the money we make in here to turn it back and buy food and feed the guys in the shelter."

But for Bond, he says helping the men and women hits home for him.

"I've been homeless. I spent a year at a homeless shelter in Tulsa, Ohklahoma back in the seventies when I first got back from Vietnam, " says Bond. "Nobody would give me a job and this cop took me a shelter called John 3:16 mission and that's what changed my life."

Now he's hoping to help change someone else's life and hoping the community can help back him up when it comes to helping others.

"I'm a veteran and my whole world is wrapped around veterans and homeless veterans and there is a special place in my heart for them," says Bond. "I was hoping there was a special place in others peoples hearts you know?"

If you're interested in helping with donations or volunteering you can contact Rodney Bond at (270)-831-0530 or hosp.ky@gmail.com

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