Through the JBJ Soul Foundation, Jon Bon Jovi will help several homeless veterans finally find a place to call home.
If you still love Jon Bon Jovi and sing along to Livin' on a Prayer on the regular, here's another reason to love the rockstar. Through his JBJ Soul Foundation, he donated $500,000 to help build a new apartment facility in Washington, DC, for homeless veterans. His donation was revealed during an interview he did on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper. The plan for the apartment complex has been in the pipeline for ten years now, and it has finally come to fruition. The organization will be building the complex in collaboration with nonprofit organization Help USA, KKLZ reports.
Bon Jovi was passionate about veterans' issues during the interview. He told Tapper, "Often times, [veterans are] left to deal with PTSD [Post Traumatic Stress Disorder] and the issue of coming back to the workplace after leaving the battlefield… Life as you knew it is going to be different, and sometimes, people need that extra help." Therefore, his organization is here to lend veterans in need that little "extra help." In addition to giving several homeless vets a place to call home, the JBJ Soul Foundation and Help USA will provide different programs so as to help them get back on their own feet.
Rockstar Jon Bon Jovi's foundation donates more than half a million dollars to homeless veterans facility @jaketapper reports https://t.co/ihT1pPcdWy pic.twitter.com/OCSHr62Pel— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) November 8, 2019
Of course, the donation definitely did not go unnoticed. Many Bon Jovi fans have taken to Twitter to praise the artist's philanthropy. LsfarmLw wrote, "Thank you, Jon Bon Jovi. You may have saved more than a few veterans from suicide today. We all need hope." Wendyc78757 posted, "I always liked Jon Bon Jovi. Classy man. I didn’t know he was doing this [for] veterans. That is so wonderful." Carbonneau_mary, referring to the interview with Tapper, added, "Two really decent men! How refreshing to be able to say this in today's political craziness!"
The opening of the new apartment complex coincides with the release of Bon Jovi's latest single 'Unbroken,' which is featured in the documentary To Be of Service. The documentary displays the challenges and hurdles that veterans diagnosed with PTSD have overcome with the help of their service dogs. In many cases, the veterans' service dogs have completely changed their lives. All proceeds earned from the song will be donated to the Patriotic Service Dog Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps veterans and former first responders find loving service dogs to assist them following active duty.
This is not the first time the JBJ Soul Foundation has built homes for those in need. In the past, the organization has opened JBJ Soul Homes, a mixed-use facility for the formerly homeless, teens aging out of foster care, and other low-income individuals. Sister Mary Scullion, who co-founded the project in 1989, stated, "The single most effective way to end homelessness is affordable housing. Over time, JBJ Soul Homes will give hundreds of people a permanent home with supportive services that will allow them to flourish." In time, we are sure several veterans too will benefit from the foundation's generous donation and apartment complex.