Hello Potential Donors,
My name is Gabriel Santos and I am the Founder and Executive Director of the Veteran Scholarship Fund (VSF). The idea of VSF started during my time at the Hollywood Veteran Center (HVC), which was a clinical treatment center & transitional housing shelter for homeless veterans. I served over 200 homeless veterans with a variety of social work cases such as employment, housing, peer support, military benefit access and education. I had the privilege of meeting some of the most inspiring individuals who had dreams of changing their lives and communities, however, along with all those good ideas they knew that a proper education played a key role in executing their mission. These combat-experienced veterans suffered from drastic mental health issues; the detrimental condition had consequences which caused them to be discharged from the armed forces. In conjunction, this had a negative effect when it came time for them to access their benefits that they fought to earn post-military. Those benefits were stripped away because they did not have the opportunity to receive proper care. Now, the veterans are seeking out loans to pay their way through school because they do not have access to their Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) benefits. This is one of many examples as to why I formed the VSF. Homeless veterans have a unique set of stories and ambitious goals in life. As a veteran myself, I was able to relate and share some of my experiences to help guide them through this rough patch.
I would like to ask you to please help us kick-start this fully accredited 501(c)3 with a generous donation to help our under-appreciated veterans achieve their educational goals through the use of scholarships. If you are not able to donate at this time, then please do me a favor and share this campaign to reach other individuals who may be able to support this great cause.