Camp Shield provides housing and clothing for homeless veterans

HOUSTON – As she looks at the countless photos of fallen American veterans who gave their lives for this country, Army veteran Christy Sorrell recalls one of the most important promises soldiers make to each other to each other – Never leave anyone behind.

“We’re not supposed to let ourselves down. You’re supposed to pick up your comrade in arms and carry it when it can’t walk, ”Sorell said.

At 49, a single mother raising a teenage daughter and a U.S. Army veteran herself, Sorell has spent the last few months on the streets in Houston.

Sorell said she became homeless after losing her housing vouchers due to entering hospital for spine surgery, which prevented her from working.

“I had spinal decompression surgery and had 10 plates and 10 rods put around my spine to stabilize it. I can no longer work and yet I have not received full disability benefits. I requested it through the VA and the Social Security Administration, ”Sorell said.

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With no income and only limited disability benefits for veterans, Sorell couldn’t afford a place to live.

Soon after, she met Maggie Peterson, the founder of Camp Shield, one of the few veterans support groups in this country run by women, for women who have served.

“So we put Christy up in a hotel. We gave her a whole new wardrobe, handbags and shoes because she had nothing and lived in her jeep. (We did) to let her know how great a woman she is, ”Peterson said.

Camp Shield is a charity that provides post-trauma workshops for women vets, peer support groups and meetings, organized retreats for female vets and their children, and referrals for other helpers.

Sorell no longer feels left behind, and her new sister-soldier, Petterson, has also found a new mission to take on.

Petterson wants to buy 10 acres of land and start a new program to help veteran women in Houston.

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“My long-term plan is to build a transitional housing community for female Veterans and their children to heal and grow,” said Maggie.

You can donate to help Maggie in her mission on the Camp Shield website.

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