The 13 Connects Hope for Our Heroes program is here to provide much needed support to the more than 150,000 veterans living in Clark County this holiday season. KTNV 13 Action News is partnered with Honor Flight Southern Nevada and Kline Veterans Fund to combat emotional duress, financial hardship and evictions in our veteran population.
Read more about why we selected these community partners and how you can help support our local veterans.
And tune in on Monday, November 23 at 6:30pm and Thursday, November 26 at 11:00am for Hope For Our Heroes: A 13 Connects Special.
Honor Flight Southern Nevada
Honor Flight Southern Nevada is connecting KTNV 13 Action News with our older veterans in assisted living homes around Southern Nevada experiencing the negative effects of isolation during this global health pandemic. For these heroes, 13 Action News and our 13 Connects sponsors are putting together a Care Package Caravan with Angel Fire Dept to safely show support and deliver gifts at facilities throughout Southern Nevada with the largest population of veterans.
In a typical year, HFSN would be escorting WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War Veterans to the memorials in Washington D.C. But due to COVID-19, all 2020 honor flights have been canceled. In lieu, they are currently offering older veterans a virtual experience called Honor Everywhere using VR technology.
Kline Veterans Fund
KTNV 13 Action News and our 13 Connects sponsors are supporting Kline Veterans Fund in its purpose to keep veterans in their homes once the eviction moratorium expires this fall. According to Kline Veterans Fund, veterans account for nearly 25% of deaths by suicide here in the Las Vegas valley. And currently, due to COVID-19, veterans are at high risk of facing homelessness and/or the inability to cover utilities. This threatens the stability and security of vets and their families.
The mission of Kline Veterans Fund is to assist local veteran families in Southern Nevada with the necessary funding to secure or sustain housing by providing emergency aid to homeless, at risk and indigent veterans and their families. 100% of donations and grants stays within the local Clark County community.
Angel Fire Department
The Angel Fire Department of Las Vegas is partnering with 13 Connects to escort the Care Package Caravan to support and show appreciation for our veterans across Clark County. As a part of their mission, they aim to bring a smile and happiness to those who need it most: terminally ill children, military families, burn victims and more.