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Veteran's Voice: Vet gifted free furniture on Air Force birthday

Posted at 6:21 PM, Sep 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-19 11:26:50-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Wednesday, Bob Maxwell went on a shopping adventure at Sleep Well Las Vegas.

Sleep Well, along with the Armed Forces Chamber and Wells Fargo, gifted the Air Force veteran a shopping spree as a way to say "thank you" for his service, doing it on the same day the U.S. Air Force celebrated its 72nd birthday.

Maxwell said he served from 1971 to 1975, barely dodging Vietnam.

“I missed it by five days. We were supposed to go but they canceled our orders five days before we were supposed to leave,” said Maxwell.

Maxwell said after leaving the Air Force he became a police officer and later started a video production company. He eventually ended up homeless and the Armed Forces Chamber helped get him back on his feet.

“When you lose your pension and you can’t work, the money drives up and then homelessness hits. That’s a hard thing to deal with and Andre was there,” said Maxwell.

Andre Haynes, founder and CEO of the Armed Forces Chamber, said his organization will give veterans free furniture on every military branch birthday.

“A lot of disabled veterans who have financial challenges, sometimes they can barely afford a place to live in, let alone furnish it,” said Haynes.

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