Bakersfield, CA – A California group of bikers, the Armed Forces Support Riders, have rallied to assist a homeless pregnant veteran. The unidentified 32-year-old pregnant woman came to the California Veterans Assistance Foundation, seeking support. She had served 12 years in the National Guard and endured two tours in Iraq. Six months after leaving the service she found herself homeless.
The California Veterans Assistance Foundation provided housing for the mother-to-be and put the word out to the Kern County Veterans Collaborative that the woman needed newborn supplies.
KERO23ABC reports how the bikers, many of whom are veterans, heard about the woman and wanted to help. The group rallied together, making appeals to the community and gathering donations.
Ben Patten of the Bakersfield Harley-Davidson told the news outlet:
“We don’t know if it’s a boy or girl, we just know it’s a baby who needs our help.”
Homelessness describes the condition of people without a regular dwelling. People who are homeless are most often unable to acquire and maintain regular, safe, secure, and adequate housing. Homelessness takes many forms. The most common face is the person living on the street. The term homeless may also include people whose primary night-time residence is in a homeless shelter, a warming center, or a domestic violence shelter. Homelessness is often a result from serious psychiatric illness and unemployed.
Government reports indicate homelessness amongst veterans is common, rising considerably in recent years for female vets.
The selfless effort managed to provide car seats, diapers, swings, a changing table, and several other necessary baby supplies.
[Image via Armed Forces Support Riders Facebook]