U.S. Army SGt Keith Hanson plays harmonica on Christmas morning at combat outpost Ford in the Shiite stronghold of Sadr City in Baghdad, Iraq Thursday, Dec. 25 2008. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)

U.S. Army SGt Keith Hanson plays harmonica on Christmas morning at combat outpost Ford in the Shiite stronghold of Sadr City in Baghdad, Iraq Thursday, Dec. 25 2008. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)

Just a few days before Christmas, a camp for homeless veterans in Phoenix has been shut down because the city says the camp is in violation of city ordinances. The owner of the lot where the veterans are camped has been pressured by area businesses and residents to get the homeless veterans to move. It is especially troubling that this is happening in the home-state of veteran, ex-POW, war hero and US Senator, John McCain.

It’s a shame that this is happening in the United States of America. One of the reasons this organization is named the Disposable Heroes Project is because the government treats many of its veterans as disposable. They go out and risk their lives in battle and sacrifice their youth; when they come home, they are often left with inadequate treatment by the VA for injuries sustained while in service and thrown into society with insufficient skills to provide for themselves and their families. When their country needed them most, they weren’t afraid to step up, but the favor is not always returned when the veteran needs help.

With the holidays approaching, take some time today to help a veteran. If you know one personally, thank them for their service and maybe give them a small gift of appreciation. If you don’t know a veteran, make a donation to the Disposable Heroes Project so we can provide assistance to the many veterans out there who feel abandoned by the country they took an oath to protect.

Sometimes even a small donation can have a far-reaching impact. See the video below as an example of how one selfless act by a child snowballed into so much more.