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Over the weekend many people browsed and purchased items from the Cowboys and Heels Fall Show that took place at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum. One of the vendors who participated in the event is "Patriot Shaving," who specializes in homemade soaps, and even though they only started their business a few months ago they are already dedicated to helping homeless veterans find stable homes to call their own.

The company is veteran owned and operated by Leon and Dana Humphries of Odessa. Leon is a 4-year US Army veteran who is still active with the State Guard.

When asked why he feels moved to assist homeless veterans, Leon, President of the company, stated "The reason this speaks to me is because there should be no reason why a veteran should be turned away for any type of help. We've put our lives on the line and they're my brothers and sisters in arms." He also went on to say that he wanted homeless veterans know that they're here to help and that this is a HAND-UP not a hand-out.

Leon told KBest News that in the military service men and women are trained to have a “Do it on your own” mentality and sometimes that carries over even after their service has ended and it can be difficult to ask for help when one is down on their luck. By actively reaching out to homeless veterans, Leon hopes that he can help them find the programs that can help them.

He went on to say that they've only been able to reach out to a handful of church organizations and VetStar out of Lubbock, but he’s open to making contacts everywhere he goes because he’s still new at it.

According to the company’s Vice President Walter Bartholf, the company came about because his stepdad, Leon, couldn’t find shaving soaps to purchase locally so he decided to make his own; and now they are proud to say that they’ve been able to help 7 veterans find housing, largely thanks to the connections that his wife, Dana, has working with a realtor and with the help of HUD vouchers.

If you’d like to find more information about how to connect with Leon Humphries or to check out their products you can find them on the Facebook page for "Patriot Shaving".


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