Our government asks that our soldiers give up an arm or a leg or their life,” says “Crazy Eddie” Colosimo, “but then when they get out, it says, ‘Thanks. Now go away and don’t bother us anymore.’ That makes me so mad!”
Colosimo’s revulsion at the way America’s vets are treated underscores a poignant Christmas tale that I watched play out in Florida a couple of weeks ago.
Colosimo is president and chief executive officer for Bikers/Americans For First Amendment Rights (BFFAR), which for the second year joined up with American Legion Post 361 to offer homeless vets in the Daytona Beach area a safe and warm Christmas.
About 25 vets and a few spouses showed up on Dec. 24.
“One vet had been living in a storage unit and a couple had been living in their cars,” Colosimo told me, “but most of them came out of the woods.”
The volunteers checked the vets into a motel where they could get cleaned up, then took them to the BFFAR post in Holly Hill for haircuts and shaves. Then on Christmas eve, they got a big dinner: hams, turkeys and all the side dishes.
Christmas day was spent at the post, hanging out and playing pool and talking. Alcohol was off limits. The homeless vets were given military backpacks filled with sleeping bags and survival gear, as well as about $100 in cash and gift cards. Then on Christmas night, members of the two groups joined the homeless vets for another banquet before sending them back to their motel for a second night.