On YouTube, along with the hundreds of positive comments, viewers expressed their gratitude towards the veterans for their service and found the video enlightening.
One commenter was deeply moved, saying, “My heart broke when he mentioned that some of his friends froze to death. I’m going to purchase some blankets and encourage others to do the same for the homeless.”
Another viewer wrote, “Every serviceman and servicewoman deserves the respect, support, and admiration of us civilians. They do so much for us and ask for nothing in return.”
Remarkably, one viewer claimed to have worked at the same Albertsons store featured in the video, sharing, “I work at this Albertsons, and I remember the day this happened; it never fails to make me cry,” as Thomas Bonifacio recounted.
According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, in 2019, 21 out of every 10,000 veterans experienced homelessness, slightly higher than the overall homelessness rate. However, the organization highlights reasons for optimism, stating, “Within a decade (2010-2019), America’s number of homeless veterans was roughly cut in half. The reduction from 74,087 to 37,085 veterans experiencing homelessness far exceeded the progress realized by chronically homeless individuals and all other subpopulations.”
Nevertheless, there is still work to be done, and Robeson’s charity organization continues to make a positive impact in their community.
One viewer expressed their gratitude, saying, “Larry, thank you, sir, for your service to this country and for your ongoing dedication to our veterans. You are an amazing person.