Wednesday, November 19, 2014

We will be closed the Friday after Thanksgiving (11/28).
We will re-open the following Friday ...
Wishing you all a happy Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Celebration of the life of Billie Jane Slaton will be held 
Sunday, November 23rd ... Sanford VFW at 2 P.M.
She helped so many veterans, I hope many will take a moment to come and celebrate with us.
The world has lost a wonderful person ...

Billie Jane Slaton

Founder of Veterans Military Surplus

We will miss her ... R.I.P.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Tonight our hearts are heavy as our Founder ... Billie Slaton ... is on the verge of passing. We pray for her and can't help but remember that it was her efforts that started this organization some 15+ years ago. She has helped thousands of veterans and never asked for anything in return. For me and my fellow veteran volunteers at the warehouse, she will always be in our hearts. Rarely in a lifetime can you find such a giving person, an angel of mercy for so many veterans. God Bless Billie Slaton.


Friday, November 7, 2014

Today we had over 50 veterans come down for goods. We were able to give them Mitts, Fleece jackets, caps, socks, long johns, underwear, and a few other items.
We would like to thank all those who are trying to assist us in getting items or raising donations to purchase goods. It is the kindness and generosity of others that we owe our gratitude.
Below I am posting a letter in which I responded to an inquiry ... such is our situation.

Hi … thanks for your inquiry in to our situation. We had been receiving goods from the DOD for about 17 years. Once the person in charge retired a new person took over and things changed. Simply put, we can only get goods for homeless and have to validate that the person is homeless. We support a veterans in need program that helps all veterans regardless of their overall status. We have given goods out to those who come to receive them plus to Vet Centers in the state, Togus, Veterans Homes, York County Shelter, Preble St. and any other organizations that help homeless Vets & Vets in need as well as serving the states of NH, MA, RI, VT ….. We met with Sen. Collins and were told that a law passed in 2013 made all surplus available to veterans, however, it can only be accessed through the GSA … but those goods that the DOD gives the GSA are not clothing or items to keep Vets. Warm. The goods they give the GSA are hard goods like desks, office equipment and so on … so in reality they have found a way to keep the needed clothing in the DOD and not to the States where they can be accessed. We believe that veterans have every right to the surplus as stated by law and that the DOD should not be allowed to institute policy that blocks the flow of clothing and military surplus.
We had a petition drive and gathered over 800 signatures which we presented to the office of Sen. Collins. … though it did manage to get us a meeting with her, the outcome is still the same.
Soon the military will changing over to new uniforms and the DOD will be receiving all the old style both used and new. What do they actually do with it all. Their certainly is a limit as to how much they allocate to homeless … what happens to the rest? Is it destroyed as the need for space becomes an issue? Is it sold? Who monitors the DOD?
After 17 years or so of this program it is more important today than when it started, with an economy in dire straits, pay checks so low, jobs hard to find, and prices at all-time highs, veterans need help even more than ever. Why does a veteran have to lose it all and become homeless (possibly lose his family) before they can get help. Only those in Washington with such disregard for veterans in need would allow such disaster. We have been given the expected “can’t help you” from both Sen. Collins & Sen. King ….. Disappointment yes, Surprise no. We grow tired of hearing why it can’t be done … those elected should figure out how it can be done.

Hope this answers your questions … Thanks for your interest.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

We had a super opening day this past Friday with over 100 veterans showing up and receiving warm items for winter. We are hoping that those who have committed to help us will be successful in their efforts. We need all the help we can get since the D.O.D. has shut us out. We need a change in Washington and I hope those who vote today will keep that in mind. The will of the people is falling on deaf ears. Veterans issues have been through a crisis and none of it should ever have happened.
Have a great day and we hope to see you at 22 Pioneer Ave. in Sanford, ME