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The state of Alabama has been braving severe tornados as of March 11th, 2019, with many homes being “destroyed in seconds” according to the Fox News video below. The National Weather Service reported over 30 tornados hitting the entire Southeast in just one day, some reaching 170 mph.
In the wake of the destruction, one veteran is doing what he can to bring solace to these communities. “One flag at a time,” says Marine veteran Jamie Popwell, the founder of Flags for Vets, is how he plans to restore hope to the people affected.
Jamie Powell, serving for over 30 between the Marines, law enforcement and as a private contractor, has made it his passion to help fellow veterans in a very unique way by supplying them with new flagpoles and American flags. Some of them have fallen on hard times and can’t afford them and for Powell, seeing the flag outside is a beacon of what our nation stands for.
His mission statement is:
Flags for Vets gives new flagpoles and flags to Vererans free of charge as a show of thanks for their service to their country. Any Vet can receive one.
Since the organization’s inception in 2007, Powell and other volunteers have put up over 300 flags in front of veterans’ homes across 16 states. 13 of them were gifted to Medal of Honor recipients. In the coming year, he wants to expand the mission across 5 more states and reach another 100 homes.