“I decided I was going to commit myself …”
Meet military veteran Kyle Cornwell, a man on a mission to bring help and healing to homeless veterans in his northern California community. Cornwell, who has already helped over 50 homeless vets in his local area, has his sights set on helping many, many more.
Cornwell will never forget the moment he was walking in Sacramento after having dinner with friends, and noticed a homeless man shivering on the street. The man was wearing a Vietnam vet hat and a military jacket, sitting alone on the sidewalk.
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— Kyle Cornwell (@KyleCornwell85) March 18, 2017
Cornwell walked past the man, but suddenly felt compelled to turn around and help. Cornwell gave the shivering vet his warm, $200 jacket, and began to talk with the man.
“He started crying,” Cornwell told Fox News. “And I just sat with him for like 10 minutes and talked to him and got his story.”
From that moment on, Cornwell knew he had to take action in his community and start helping other veterans. “I thought if I had this effect on just one person, what effect would have I have on many more,” said Cornwell.
“I decided I was going to commit myself and my time to helping other vets in my area,” Cornwell stated. Each week, Cornwell scours the local secondhand stores for clothing and personal items and gives everything away to veterans in need.
“I drive around town and spot them. I talk to them and get their story,” he said. “I want to put warm clothes on them and food in their stomach.”
Cornwell often takes his 6-year-old daughter on shopping trips with him. “One of the things that I teach her is paying it forward and giving back to our community,” he shared. “I believe it’s teaching her good morals and responsibility.”
Cornwell knows that he alone cannot help every veteran in need, so he is urging others to take up the cause in their own communities.
“I want this to be a movement,” Cornwell expressed. “I want this to blow up and for people all over the country to do this. I can only help so many veterans in my community and others need to step up (as well).”
Cornwell has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to cover the cost of weekly food and clothing donations to the veterans in his community.
“They’ve suffered through so much and I don’t want to see them suffer more [than] they have to,” he wrote. “I’m asking for your help and maybe build some karma this year and even save a life that years and years ago saved ours.”