CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) - Antione Hines served a decade in the Navy. Transitioning out of the military didn't go well for him. Civilian life brought divorce, loss of family members, homelessness, thoughts of suicide and feelings of low self worth. Antione was nearing rock bottom. What brought him out of it? Knowing he wanted to be better - a better man for his little girl. He saw other veterans suffering around him and once recovered and back on his feet, Antione was on a mission to help.
He started an organization called Veteran's HomeFront in 2016. Antione, along with his team of volunteers, work to smooth out the transition from military life, find suitable housing for homeless vets and help for those contemplating suicide.
Every Saturday at 6 a.m., you'll find Antione and his helpers at a parking lot off of Battlefield Boulevard in Chesapeake. Why? They are serving parking lot ministry "Angels". The Angels he is referring to are 20 to 25 car bound homeless people and many hurting veterans are among them. His crew hands out food and toiletries along with contacts, connections and resources to a better life.
In 2019, Antione really wants to zero in on suicide prevention. He is in the process of bringing an alliance of like-minded Veteran support organizations together to provide support and information to vets who need it.
Veteran's HomeFront, along with the parking lot ministry, can always use more volunteers, peer support and monetary donations.
If you would like to join Antione and his team,visit http://veteranshomefront.vet