ROSEVILLE, Calif. (KOVR) — As the nation celebrates Independence Day, a California veteran wants to remind Americans of the men and women who fight for our freedom.
Marine Corps veteran Brandon Murphy draws attention to the crises veterans face once they return to civilian life, including high rates of suicide and homelessness.
“We’re fed up with the number 22,” he said. “We are tired of hearing that this is the number of veterans who commit suicide every day. We are tired of our brothers and sisters coming back in pieces. I mean, it’s intimidating.
That’s why he goes even further in his new business.
Murphy just started an insurance agency in Roseville with two friends, one of whom is also a veteran.
A portion of their profits will help launch the Pacific Patriot Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps veterans in need.
“So we’re going to have a whole team dedicated to outreach to these people,” Murphy said. “Call, see exactly the resources they need and provide them.”
According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, 13% of the homeless population are veterans.
About 40,000 veterans are on the streets every night, which is actually a huge improvement over the past decade.
Murphy said their work will expand outside of the United States.
His wife also does missionary work in Haiti, where she helps maintain and expand Haitian orphanages.
Although the Pacific Patriot Foundation focuses on veterans, it will have benefits beyond the border.
“Whether at home or abroad, we have that call to serve and we’re going to make sure we do that,” Murphy said.
A portion of Murphy’s profits this week will be donated directly to Sacramento-area veterans.
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