ABOUT

Michael Pedroza
Founder and President

Michael is a U.S. Navy Veteran.  He has created this foundation in order to bring a GREATER awareness of homelessness amongst Veterans, and how to better combat and prevent this issue from continuing to occur.

Paul J. Bezazian
Secretary and Director

Paul is a U.S. Navy Veteran, that continually gives of himself in feeding and clothing of our Homeless Veterans. He is currently, and has been for many years, the Illinois VFW Director of the Homeless Veterans program. He continues to plan and manage two Veterans Stand-Downs, hosted in Chicago, that provides much needed gear, services, and meals to the Homeless Veterans.

Robert Karmgard
Director

Bob is a U.S. Army Veteran and the current Commander for the American Legion Chicago Police Post 207.  He has joined our crusade to combat Veteran homelessness, and to also help prevent it.

Luke Bialczak
Resources Liaison

Luke is a U.S. Army Veteran that has joined our mission and brings a great passion to help all Veterans in their pursuit of being whole again.  Welcome aboard!!!

Octavio Lozano
Veteran Peer Support

OctavIo is a U.S. Army Veteran that provides "Peer Support" for Veterans that are in need of someone to casually talk with or assist with navigating the Veterans Administration system. We welcome aboard!!!

James "Jimmy" Proffitt
In Memoriam

James “Jimmy” Proffitt was a U.S. Marine Veteran that tirelessly gave of himself and his family to help feed and clothe Homeless Veterans on the streets of Chicago. Today we will continue the work that he has started and more...

Background story...

While both, Jimmy & Paul, were out in the streets of Chicago on a Sunday afternoon "Sandwich Run", feeding Homeless Veterans; Jimmy and Paul were chatting about the issues relating to POW/MIAs.  

 

Jimmy was looking around at all the Homeless Veterans and began thinking about how they are being missed here at home, when he said aloud: 

 

These Veterans are MIAs – ‘Missing In America’.

 

 

These two Veterans are the inspiration for the

formation of this organization,

and the continuation of their work.

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