LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The National Football League teamed up with its official pizza sponsor, Little Caesars and Salute to Service Partner, the Bob Woodruff Foundation to honor more than 250 local service members at U.S.Vets – Las Vegas. Two veterans were surprised with tickets to the Super Bowl and U.S. Vets was given $50,000.
Jerry Schaum, a U.S. Army Special Forces veteran is one of the two going to the Super Bowl.
“Great day,” he gushed. “I couldn’t ask for anything better than this.”
Schaum lives at U.S.Vet’s temporary housing, but will soon have his own home.
While the event included football, food and fun, it was also a chance to showcase the all-encompassing resources the U.S. Vets- Las Vegas offers. Executive Director Shalimar Cabrera said the organization helps more than 1,000 veterans a year through their programs for housing, employment, medical care and more.
“It is important to recognize veterans have a difficult time transitioning from military to civilian life,” Cabrera said. “So, its wrapping support around them right away and even many years after it can be difficult.”
“We are getting up in age most of us are looking for housing. These people and HUD help with rent,” Jimmie Collins, another veteran living at U.S. Vet’s temporary housing complex, said. “We just need a second chance.”
The mission to help hits home for New Orleans Saints Cameron Jordan who comes from a military family on his mother’s side.
“It is amazing to see what our troops go through, what they are faced with, the adversity they face daily,” Jordan said.
The NFL’s Salute to Service program has raised more than $66 million for groups helping military members since 2011.