Memorial Day Speech by Brok Torbert, President of South Louisiana Veteran Outreach
Freedom Fest 2023
Freedom Fest with the addition of Bayou Beer Fest with the Bayou Beer Society was one for the books. South Louisiana Veteran Outreach raised a total of $63,041.16 with expenses of $34,289.42 leaving $28,751.74 that will impact the life of Veterans in our very own community.
Freedom Fest 2022
South Louisiana Veteran Outreach has donated $14,629.90 in our SLVO IDA Relief Program to Veterans in the community. Of the $14,629.90, $898.24 has been spent on mattresses, $6,219.99 has been spent on hurricane supplies, $1,929.13 has been spent on vehicle payments, $3,195.21 has been spent on mortgage payments, $187.33 has been spent on insurance, $2,200 has been spent on pest control, and lastly, serving over 5,500 hot lunch plates. The number of Veteran households served is impossible to calculate, but South Louisiana Veteran Outreach alongside with the help of our sponsors is making a tremendous impact in our Veterans lives.
Our 501c3 nonprofit was created to honor America’s Veterans for protecting our freedoms and liberties that many Americans take for granted. Our freedom is not free, and we are paying back America’s warrior heroes by applying our talents and abilities to lead Veterans who struggle with their new civilian identities toward positive programs and education.
The experiences of war leave an indelible impact on our Veterans. When they return to civilian life, the physical, emotional, and psychological challenges they face are often difficult. Everyone benefits from the freedom and security our Veterans fight to protect. Supporting these heroes, from our community, is a responsibility we all must share.
South Louisiana Veteran outreach will achieve our goals by investing donations and revenues to support our sustainable programs and build partnerships that address challenges in drinking and driving, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, employment, education, health, veteran benefits, aiding with past due bills, and grocery support.