Vietnam veteran who feeds fellow veterans named 2019 Red Cross Military Hero
WSLS NBC 10 News
March 19, 2019
Our 2019 Red Cross Military Hero is a Vietnam veteran now helping other vets with one of life's basics: food.
You could say Bill McCann is surrounded by veterans.
When he's at home he helps his 95-year-old father-in-law who fought in World War II, pass the time with a puzzle.
But when McCann's out and about he's most likely volunteering with his nonprofit, Vittles for Vets.
“What we do is we issue $50 food gift cards to veterans who qualify for the program and to qualify you must be other than dishonorably discharged, you must be alcohol - and drug-free, and you must be living at or below federal guidelines for poverty,” McCann, he Red Cross Military Hero Award honoree, said.
Giving out these gift cards to veterans stemmed from a conversation with a homeless vet back in 2014.
“I took him to lunch in the cafeteria at the VA, gave him a $50 gift card to a supermarket and this big guy grabbed my hand and started crying and that was the very second Vittles for Vets was born,” McCann said.
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