It all started with a selfless man named Arthur who wanted to bring awareness to the tragedy of 22 veteran suicides a day. Arthur is not a military veteran, although his father and brother have served. He was just outraged by the casualty rate of American vets and became their advocate.
His mission was to walk the streets of Phoenix for 22 days carrying the American flag and his sign “Veterans Lives Matter” and talk to anyone and everyone who would listen. Along the way he befriended a group of homeless vets and non vets and camped out with them at night on the streets.
One night the group was attacked by gangs looking to rob the vulnerable veterans of their disability checks. Suddenly Arthur had a new mission.
Read Arthur’s story below and be sure to scroll down to watch the video. Find out how he was able to start a movement to help these veterans abandoned by the govt.
It’s not often that we come across people who are willing to drop everything in order to help someone else. That takes a special type of person or group. When we come across those people, however, we need to give them credit where credit is due.
I discovered a group of veterans and non-veteran volunteers in Phoenix, Arizona who match that description and should be acknowledged.
The Facebook group called Veterans On Patrol was started by Michael Lewis Arthur Meyer, who prefers to go by the last name of Arthur, after he decided to bring awareness to the high suicide rates among veterans…
…In August, Arthur was ready to take his advocacy back to the streets of Arizona to once again inform the public of veterans’ suicide issues. He committed to leaving his home in Tucson and walking the streets of Phoenix until his message was heard.
Day after day, Arthur walked up and down the sidewalks carrying an American flag and holding a sign which read “Veteran Lives Matter,”…
…However, Arthur’s own campaign to raise suicide awareness would come to an abrupt end one night in late August.Arthur reports that during his time on the streets, he had become embedded with a group of homeless veterans and non-veterans. On one occasion, he recalls, the camp came under attack while he and the homeless people with him were trying to sleep.
Arthur claims that a group of attackers hit one of the homeless men in the head. He reported that as the men were being chased away, they yelled to Arthur that anyone seen carrying the American flag, like Arthur was carrying, would be killed.
It was at that moment Arthur realized that the homeless veterans and non-veterans alike were being targeted by gangs, especially around the time veterans’ disability checks were being delivered. He knew then that something had to be done…
…Veterans on Patrol was born.
Arthur and others saw a need that wasn’t being fulfilled by the city. Instead of waiting for the city to act, Veterans on Patrol decided to step up and take the lead.
Arthur recalls how “between 64 to 74 patriots” came together that first night to begin patrolling the streets of Arizona.
In addition, “Between 20 to 30 armed veterans came each night to patrol the streets and keep the homeless safe,” according to Arthur. He said that so far “over 180 people have stepped up to help their group” and the list keeps growing…
…“We’ve stopped four crimes, including a carjacking and have helped a total of 26 people get off the streets, which includes helping 10 veterans get housing assistance and 16 non-veterans to receive detox and other services.”…
Here’s a video of Arthur’s incredible story and how Veterans and others came together to protect the homeless.