An early Veteran’s Day present was delivered to homeless
vets in Battle Creek, Michigan, by DLA Disposition Services and the Department
of Veterans Affairs in late October.
Each year, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the
Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Battle Creek holds a Veteran’s Stand Down to
assist their veteran population. This year they got more than they expected.
Lisa Grenon, of the Battle Creek VA, said a stand down
event will normally get 15 pallets of property from DLA Disposition Services.
This year she received 44 pallets -- more than what her crew could handle in
time for the event -- so Grenon turned to the community for help.
“We just put a call out to the community, and we just had
an outpouring of people calling and coming wanting to assist us today,” Grenon
Some of those volunteers came from across the Defense
Logistics Agency workforce at the Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center -- DLA
Disposition Services, DLA Installation Support and Logistics Information
“We like the idea of the Disposition Services community
helping veterans no matter where they are,” said Cindy Foster of DLA Disposition
Services at Battle Creek. Foster said she volunteered her time to support the
warfighter and her local community.
In between sorting coats and boots, Judy Hawkins of DLA
Installation Support said, “My father was a World War II veteran, and I thought
I would come over to help out the veterans.”
Navy vet Russell Manuel said he came over to give back to
his fellow veterans. He added that he had returned last month from a tour in
Afghanistan as the deputy director for DLA Disposition Services over there, and
this was a great opportunity to help make a difference at
As the contents of the 44 pallets were organized for the
stand down event, Grenon said that it was, “… amazing to have everyone come
together to help the homeless population.”12