Lannette Hatcher, a Navy veteran, had been homeless for 10 years until heroic John Gremling decided he is going to do everything in his power to help out Lannette – and every single homeless veteran he can assist.
Being a hard worker his entire life, John Gremling knew how crucial it is to save up every penny he makes for old age. Although he has yet to reach retirement, John thought the best way of using all the money he has accumulated over the years would be to give back, but he didn’t know who the money should go to. Having loved his homey Indiana community and both veterans the same, John realized there is only one fit solution for his internal debate – to use his retirement fund to house homeless veterans.
“We use a self-directed IRA as an entity to own the properties so it’s not only an investment for me but it’s also an investment in the people that we house,” John says. John has been able to help not just a handful of people, but an astonishing number of 23 homeless veterans.
Lannette was one of the first veterans who received the amazing news, and she responded with tears of joy, saying – “It had always been me and my children in and out of homeless shelters. I love having my own place!”
Lew Miller, an Air Force veteran, was also aided by John – “You know when you’re at a ballgame and you stand up with your hand over your heart and you get that warm feeling when they’re playing ‘God Bless America’, that’s the kind of feeling it gives me when people like John actually stand up and help the vets,” Lew says.
Both veterans so grateful for John’s decision and ecstatic to have a place they could finally call their own. John’s call to extend a helping hand to those in need is completely selfless, but is also very practical – along with their new homes, John helps the veterans pay for rent.
“All of them have served time in the military and it’s a way I can give back to them,” John says. “If you can look out for the less fortunate I think you have a responsibility to humanity to do that.”