Hope In Houston: Spotlight On Supporting The Veteran Community

With more than 300,000 resident veterans, Houston is home to the second-largest veteran community in the nation.

According to the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD) Foundation of America, facts surrounding our veterans can be discouraging. One in three of returning troops are being diagnosed with symptoms of PTSD, and many attempt suicide. Nearly one in four of every homeless adult in Houston is a veteran. Houston’s Camp Hope opened in 2012 and provides interim housing, peer-to-peer mentoring, professional counseling, assistance in navigating the VA system, food, clothing, and hope for veterans and their immediate family members suffering from combat-related PTSD.

Just one year after opening its doors, Camp Hope was welcomed into the Comcast Cares Day family. The nation’s largest single-day corporate service event, Comcast Cares Day in 2014 supported more than 820 local project sites and drew 95,000 Comcast NBCUniversal volunteers, who came together to make change happen.

In 2012 and 2013, local Houston-based Comcast employees and their families provided landscaping, stained the porch areas, refurbished the campus, set up a grill pit, mounted televisions, set up a computer area, installed wiring for cable and Internet, and more.

"When ‘Comcast Cares’ takes over our campus for a day in April, our residents see executives, installers, managers, spouses, and children giving of their time to serve," said David Maulsby, Executive Director at Camp Hope.

"I’ve watched as veterans stood and stared out the window of their rooms watching the volunteers, and smiles came across their faces, realizing that their sacrifices — their losses — are recognized and appreciated. When Comcast employees and their families serve at Camp Hope, they are doing much more than making a deck look new or landscaping. They are instilling hope and helping us help our heroes."

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