For the countless homeless veterans barely surviving on their own, one small gesture of kindness can turn their whole world back around.
That’s something Mark Wayland, a former Marine, was grateful to learn firsthand thanks to two amazing deputies. Officers Chris Macres and Blake Braadfladt are members of the Homeless Outreach Team at the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office in California.
When they found Mark, he had been living out in the woods for two years. He’s one of the over 600 homeless individuals currently residing in the area just outside of Sacramento.
The deputies simply offered the veteran a ride to appointments and helped him to fill out paperwork to get his driver’s license back.
But just by reaching out, they’ve given Mark the hope he thought he’d never find. In fact, he couldn’t believe they were actually going out of their way to help him, as he explains in the news clip below: “When I met the two officers I was a little hesitant at first because it sounded a little too good to be true.”
Mark and the officers are now working to help him find housing and a full time job.
Take a look to hear more from the soon-to-be formerly homeless vet and the men who finally got the ball rolling for him.
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