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1317 Registered Veterans homeless in Morongo Basin?

By   /   January 15, 2014  /   4 Comments

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Preface: I respectfully call on the Honorable Congressman Paul Cook to look into allegations about certain Yucca Valley Town Council member’s efforts to thwart Joshua Springs Calvary Chapel from passing out sleeping bags and blankets to veterans homeless in Yucca Valley.

Councilwoman Dawn Rowe is Cook’s Congressional Representation. Cook (Ret. Col.) is known for his genuine concern and stellar work in helping veterans, while seemingly Rowe may be working to treat Yucca Valley veterans as “untouchables” who have no place in her Yucca Valley fiefdom. 

Yucca Valley – Former Army Ranger, Kevin Fish, purports that there are 1317 homeless registered veterans in the Morongo Basin. He said yesterday that by his own experience this is an accurate number. Moreover, he stated that Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Veterans Medical Center in Loma Linda has 1317 “registered” veterans living homeless in the Morongo Basin.

Note that veterans living in their vehicles are not seen on the streets.

Kevin Fish — married with four children — survived special ops mission in the Mideast to come back home and become a superstar in terms of helping bona fide homeless veterans in the Basin. Mr. Fish is unrelenting in his efforts to help these homeless veterans that have been all but forgotten by local elected officials.

His goal is to establish a barracks-style homeless shelter in an undisclosed area in the Basin, in order to help them back into the mainstream world we all routinely enjoy.  Kevin is filing a fictitious business statement and working on the administration of his new organization, Vets Cruzin for a Cause. For now, his efforts are very focused on “veterans lacking the necessities to keep them warm and fed.”

 Kevin Fish needs help from the good people of the Basin. Warn blankets, warm clothing and food are  immediately needed. It’s easy, clear out the warm clothing not often worn from your closets and donate warn blankets. Call Kevin at (760) 368- 8715.  Either drop them off, or he will promptly pick them up at your location. Food is desperately needed.

It should be noted that among any other sources, Mr. Fish and family are assisting veterans homeless from his family’s own discretionary funds and household operating expenses. 

The County Food Bank that provides food each month to the communities of Monrongo Basin isn’t much help to veterans homeless because you need a verified proof of residence and income.

After reading about Kevin Fish’s efforts in the local radio stationI contacted Mr. Fish and had the opportunity to speak with him. He graciously accept warm jackets and food. By now those warm jackets are keeping veterans homeless warm. 

Please help. Clean out your closets and donate them to our forgotten local veterans.

Endnote: Reportedly 50 sleeping bags were handed out to Yucca Valley homeless by the Calvary Chapel. Something is awry with   some mean-spirited Yucca Valley Town Council member’s efforts to stop this? They know who they are.

For more reading, Are you ashamed your town council yet?

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Branson Hunter

(This story was posted by Cactus Thorn contributor Branson Hunter)

"The ends do not justify the means." If you use illegal mean to accomplish a legal and even desirable result, the good result does not make the bad means you used justifiable.


  1. Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

    How can this happen in a Democrat State, with a Democrat Governor, and a Democrat Legislature with a Democrat President and with a Democrat Senate and all the forces of a compassionate Democrat led government to bare… this kind of tragedy is allowed to exist?


    Must be George Bush’s fault.

  2. Dano, in large part it is Bush’s fault. He manufactured two useless wars. Johnson manufactured the Vietnam war. Not that much difference between the two parties, that’s why no longer belong to ether party.

    • Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

      Are you then by logical order calling Veterans Useless Too?

      Obama has called the Afghan war a just and proper theater of operation…. He is the one who proposed the expansion of that war and he is the one who has the body count to show it… Most in fact the vast majority of service connected deaths and injuries of the last 5 1/2 years are from the Post Bush, Obama directed Afghan theater of operations.

      Hate to have to break it to you but those two wars were supposed to have been brought to an end by now, according to the campaign hype of a certain setting President.

      One more time…. FYI More service men and women have been killed in Afghan theater since the transition of power from Bush to Obama…. Check the numbers…. It seems the press never wants to talk body count unless it is during a GOP administration.

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