Saving Forgotten Warriors Fundraiser Draws Large, Supportive Crowd
Over 280 Cullman area residents turned out inside a narrow 2 1/2 hour time window to support the efforts of Saving Forgotten Warriors Wednesday afternoon.
With an assist from the Cullman Elks Lodge and the culinary skills of ubiquitous mobile fried food vendor Swamp John, Jeremy Hogan and his devoted crew of Saving Forgotten Warrior (SFW) volunteers held a fundraiser from 3:30 to 6 pm.
The SFW Crew served right at two plates per minute of fried fish, shrimp, and chicken fingers complete with fries, hushpuppies, pickle, slaw, sweet tea and a desert.
It was a diverse crowd with attendees coming from as far away as Blount County and Huntsville. Also, a few military veterans were in attendance. These veterans received significant guidance and information from SFW volunteers on the services available to them from this organization.
Ultimately, the purpose of this fundraiser was to generate resources to serve those very veterans who are in need. With an all volunteer staff, every dollar raised by Saving Forgotten Warriors goes toward their program needs such as transportation, groceries, ramps, utility assistance, and much more!
Director Jeremy Hogan was very pleased with the turnout and the enthusiastic support.”
“I want to thank everyone for coming out tonight and giving us great fellowship this evening!
The Elks Lodge is a perfect place to host something like a Swamp Johns. We really appreciate Gwen Parker and the entire Lodge for all their help making this happen.
Also, many thanks to Mrs. Barnette who supplied us with the desserts, and not one was left. So all in all. It was a great night! “
About Saving Forgotten Warriors
Saving Forgotten Warriors is an approved partner with the United Way of Cullman County.
Saving Forgotten Warriors plays a crucial role in the lives of many military veterans in Cullman County:
• Helping veterans file for VA benefits through various organizations
• Assists veterans with making and keeping appointments
• Veteran assistance with home repairs and adaptability upgrades
• Vetting companies who help with veteran home repairs and services
• Veteran resume building services and employment guidance
• Finding housing for homeless veterans
• Help veterans find financial assistance.
Also, SFW is currently raising funds with a financial goal of $120,000 in mind. That amount will allow SFW to begin Phase 1 of 4 giving Cullman County veterans a 40-bed facility supporting their Veterans assistance program called the Saving Forgotten Warriors Ranch.
The Saving Forgotten Warriors Ranch offers many veterans high hopes. Its long term goal is to eradicate military veteran homelessness in Cullman County and surrounding communities within the next two years!
According to Hogan:
“We greatly appreciate all the support from the community. We would like to keep the program growing, but we can’t do that without the whole community on board!”
You can reach Saving Forgotten Warriors via telephone 256-747-5006, or online on Facebook: @savingforgottenwarriors