‘We always want to help home first’: Little girl, 7, raising money for homeless veterans

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MARIETTA, GA – A 7-year-old girl in Marietta is doing what she can to help local, homeless veterans in her community, with her having recently raised hundreds of dollars to help craft care packages for those who served our country and have fallen on difficult times.

Homelessness is an issue that impacts many Americans, but the issue with regard to homeless veterans is particularly saddening since they’re among the populace who literally put their life on the line to protect this country.

This is where 7-year-old Jade Britt has stepped up, helping to raise funds so as to craft care packages for veterans experiencing homelessness. Thus far, the little lady has managed to collect $700 locally to get these care packages out to these veterans.

Jade and her mother, Holly Britt, have already delivered some of the packages on July 29th to the local Marietta Veterans Center.

The young girls mother spoke about the effort, saying the following:

“The Marietta Veterans center is important because it’s part of our community and we always want to help home first. The people here help people. They really actually help. They don’t just talk about helping. They help with so many resources that they have for veterans.”

Jade’s grandfather had served during the Vietnam War, which was a huge pillar of the family’s inspiration to help out their local veterans in need.

Jade’s story is similar to that of New Jersey high schooler Michael Ferrara, but that young man wound up raising thousands to benefit homeless veterans. 

Ferrara, who hopes to one day serve in the military, has managed to raise $12,000 to help homeless veterans. Back in September of 2020, Ferrara had noticed a social media push-up challenge started by Houses for Warriors that was helping to raise awareness about veteran suicide.

The teen hadn’t even fathomed the concept of veterans being homeless, trying to tackle the complex matter of why people who fought for our country were living on the streets: 

“I think that’s absolutely unacceptable.”

At the time, Ferrara was training for the Marine Corps Marathon and thought to dedicate the race to the Houses for Warriors charity. Creating a Facebook fundraiser for the effort, Ferrara managed to garner $10,315.  At his high school, via various fundraising events, he managed to obtain an additional $1,164. 

Through Ferrara’s efforts, Houses for Warriors was able to open its first group home for homeless veterans in Colorado. 

Ferrara said the following about the accomplishment, acknowledging those that might be curious as to why he honed in on a Colorado organization while residing in New Jersey: 

“I decided to raise money for a Colorado nonprofit living in New Jersey because a homeless veteran is a homeless veteran.”

“Our veterans have fought for all 50 states, not just one. So, I feel it would be wrong of me to not raise money for homeless veterans just because they happen to live in a different state.”

“I’ve always looked up to our veterans, the people that have served our country, because they’re out there every single day, they’re going to put their lives on the line.”

“I have a great respect for the people who are willing to and have sacrificed everything to serve our country and to keep America free.”

Houses for Warriors CEO Andrew Canales referred to the teen’s help as a blessing, saying that run-of-the-mill shelters don’t behoove veterans experiencing homelessness: 

“Shelters don’t provide the safe and caring environment that our warriors deserve to get back on their feet.”

Canales said that typical shelters can often be “very triggering place for veterans” as a result of the “constant open drug use, higher encounters with violent and aggressive individuals with severe mental health issues, the constant risk of theft and their personal property being stolen.”

This matter is compounded by the fact that many of the veterans that Houses for Warriors services “are experiencing PTSD themselves.”

Canales said that through this young man’s help, they can help get local veterans in Colorado the much needed help without the issues associated with typical shelters: 

“With this house, they were able to eliminate the shelter process.”

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While this young individuals are doing their best to behoove their local veterans, recent moves in Washington, DC regarding the Second Amendment might adversely affect veterans that are disabled, if they come to fruition. 

A Louisiana-based Representative spoke with Breitbart News about this very matter back in July. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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WASHINGTON, D.C.- Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) told Breitbart News that the Biden administration’s push to reclassify AR-pistols with stabilizer braces with “take away disabled veterans’ Second Amendment rights.”

On June 7th, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) put forward a proposed rule that would place certain AR-pistols with stabilizer braces under the purview of the National Firearms Act (NFA).

Reportedly, this means that the process for acquiring those AR-pistols would be the same time-consuming process currently in place for acquiring a suppressor, short-barreled-rifles (SBRs), or a machine gun. 

That process includes being fingerprinted and photographed, undergoing a background check, registering the AR-pistol with the ATF, and paying a $200 federal tax. This entire process takes anywhere from nine to 10 months to complete. Scalise said:

“Many disabled people in America use pistol stabilizing braces in order to be able to exercise their Second Amendment rights. Moreover, these stabilizing braces were designed specifically for disabled veterans, our men and women in uniform who became disabled and were having trouble shooting firearms for recreational use or for the safety of their families.”

In a recent press conference with Scalise and Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC), Scalise noted that the conference included “one of the disabled veterans for whom the stabilizer brace was originally designed.”

The veteran talked about how the brace had changed his life and how he had traveled the country showing other disabled veterans how it can help them. Disabled veterans depend on these stabilizing braces. Scalise added:

“If the Biden administration takes the stabilizing brace away from disabled veterans, then the Biden administration is going to be taking away disabled veterans’ Second Amendment rights. And why would Joe Biden want to take away the Second Amendment rights of disabled veterans who were injured protecting our freedoms?”

On Tuesday, July 27th, Rep. Hudson led a Capitol Hill news conference drawing attention to the proposed federal regulation targeting the AR-pistol stabilizing braces. Hudson said:

“The Biden administration’s ATF is attacking our Second Amendment and attacking our veterans. Crime is up and Republicans are prepared to address that, but Democrats are determined to go after law-abiding citizens and our Second Amendment.”

Stabilizing braces are designed to enable disabled military veterans to exercise their Second Amendment rights. Hudson said:

“This regulation turns law-abiding citizens, including our combat veterans, into felons.”

Under the proposed regulation introduced on June 7th, an individual could face felony charges unless the person turns in or destroys a firearm with a brace, destroys the brace, or pays a tax. 

U.S. Army veteran Rick Cicero was injured in combat in Afghanistan in 2010. An improvised explosive device caused significant damage to his right arm and leg. He said in a statement:

“Stabilizing braces gave me the ability to get back out and shoot things that I never expected I would be able to do again and my life changed drastically.

Since then, I have been traveling across the country teaching veterans how to shoot again. That brace is the foundation of everything I do because I can take someone who has limited strength in their hands or is missing digits and give them confidence and the skills and capability to grasp a firearm again and get them back to the things that were such a part of their life.”

U.S. Army veteran Pablo Cadena who was injured in Iraq in 2008, said in a statement:

“If this overreach is allowed, it would make a majority of law0-abiding veterans and first responders criminals overnight. These are the people who answered the call of our great nation.”

U.S. Marine veteran Anson Roberts who was injured in Iraq in 2007, said:

“This regulation is wrong. It’s taking away the self-defense right for me, for my family or some other person in America who is disabled. I don’t have the same strength in my hands or my arms or my legs anymore. Using this device helps me protect my family.”

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