I am a random civilian that came across Mr. Edward J. Butcherine. After hearing his story I was enlightened! I came to his property and listened to his vision. It was so amazing I decided to keep in touch and follow his progress. Here is the story...
"In 1919, The American Legion was founded on four pillars: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Children & Youth. We are failing our veterans in Central Florida and we need your help. This is the story of Edward J. Butcherine – veteran, hero, and advocate. Mr. Butcherine enlisted in the Air Force in 1969 & served for 33 years. He served 19 years at the highest level of special operations, and was deployed to Kuwait and remained there until he retired in 2003. Refusing to stay idly by while his brothers and sisters in arms suffered, he joined Project Home Front to help military families. In 2016, Mr. Butcherine became an American Legion commander in Brevard County, Florida and began pouring his heart, soul, and life savings into an outreach project that would save lives. His dream was to purchase land and build an American Legion base that would hand out food and clothing to the homeless and veterans in need. As a brilliant, motivated, and charismatic leader, Mr. Butcherine had no problem rallying advocates for this project, including getting support from Walmart in the future to supply supplies. Unfortunately, there are many unpatriotic county members that made sure this project would never come to fruition – we have no reservation in naming them here to assure that no other veterans become the victims of malice. Here is where the dream of this American hero started to fade, 15 months ago."
One fact to note is that the American Legion national organization no longer provides funds to individuals for the purchase property that would facilitate Legion business, as many abused this privilege when it was available. Mr. Butcherine therefore spent his life savings, to find, purchase, renovate, and build this base of operations.
Now everything is in order & we are making progress every day. 100% of all donations goes straight to the cause. All overhead is paid by me or Ed (no you will not find out who I am :) ). I hope you realize veterans have given us a way of life that today we almost all take for granted! Donate... or better yet join us! We need the help!
This is from my perspective click on the videos button below to hear about some of our missions.