CALIFORNIA — Kyle Cornwell started out as a veteran that wanted to help his fellow, former servicemen get their lives back on track. Today, his efforts have morphed into a movement, with help beginning to come in from all corners of the country.
“We’ve come a long way,” Cornwell recently told Fox News. “To date, we have received more than 20,000 emails and phone calls from people that have started to do what we do in their communities. This was my ultimate goal.”
Cornwell started by simply driving around in his car looking for homeless veterans in the Sacramento area and offering to help them in any way he could.
“I’ve had weapons pulled on me and I’ve been jumped several times, but it’s not going to stop me,” he said, recounting how he goes beyond the streets and underpasses to find people that need help. “There are so many vets that you don’t see. They aren’t just sitting in the corner.”
Now, he has created the H3 Foundation, aka Heroes Helping Heroes. Cornwell is now followed by 200 volunteers when he sets out looking for those in need, and they hand out care packages containing two week’s worth of provisions they have in a storage unit. But Cornwell doesn’t plan to stop there.
“We reached out to their families – a lot of them don’t know where they are,” he said. “It brings tears to your eyes. I’ve watched fathers reconnect with their sons after 20 years. Last month, one of our homeless vets passed away. I got a call from the hospital because he had my card. I got in touch with his family in Alabama and they are going to give him a funeral there.”
The short-term goal for H3 is the construction of a housing facility for homeless vets to get back on their feet, giving them a place to stay for a year while they receive job training and medical attention. But Cornwell values setting his sights high and plans on raising way more than the $50,000 needed for the facility, having $2 million in mind.
“I know it sounds crazy but I am going to keep doing it,” he said. “The community has been more involved than I can explain. It’s hard to explain the feeling.”
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