Jordan Reses donates $200,000 to Veterans Matter

Posted May 4th, 2016 by Ken Leslie  Category: Community Interest


(Toledo, Ohio) Veterans Matter today announced the donation of $200,000 by Jordan Reses Supply Company, based in Ann Arbor, MI, to house America’s homeless veterans.

“Moved by the pain of homeless veterans, this company and its employees decided rather than read statistics they wanted to do something about it. They are housing veterans in Michigan and three other states where the need is greatest,” said Ken Leslie, Advocate in Chief of Veterans Matter, a grassroots program which has gained the support of 20+ celebrities and quietly housed over 1,000 veterans in 11 states.

Coordinated with the VA’s homeless outreach staff, Veterans Matter essentially passes the donations, less program costs, directly to landlords to provide the deposits for homeless vets approved and ready for housing through the VA’s housing voucher program.

“Giving back has always been a part of our corporate culture,” said Steve Baugh, CEO of Jordan Reses. “With Veterans Matter, we watched our donation deploy and have an immediate impact in housing veterans week by week, state by state. This inspired the employees and company to want to do even more.”

In addition to the corporate and employee donation, the employees decided to host a Silver Star Event fundraiser May 14th in Ann Arbor to raise funds to house more Michigan veterans. Along with a silent auction, Veterans Matter founder Ken Leslie, Detroit Rescue Mission CEO Dr. Chad Audi, and “Bur” Pulliam, one of the veterans housed by the program, are scheduled to speak.

With annual funds from best-selling author, journalist and screenwriter Mitch Albom, the honorary chair of Veterans Matter Operation Michigan, along with money raised through Kid Rock, Katy Perry and part of the Jordan Reses donation, Veterans Matter has now housed 165 of the state’s homeless veterans.

Veterans Matter is an innovative grassroots effort that was founded by Leslie, formerly homeless himself, to provide necessary deposits to house 35 Toledo homeless veterans and veteran families with children who qualified for ready and waiting long-term HUD/VA voucher-assisted living.

Urged by music industry friends who wanted to help house the homeless veterans in their home state, Ken grew the Veterans Matter program and created an online cloud-based system to allow the Veterans Administration homeless coordinators in those states to quickly access and secure deposits for the veterans, literally in minutes.

“This was a perfect fit for our company. The VA partnership provides a documented 100 percent success rate housing veterans in a long-term VA program that has a 91 percent success rate keeping them housed,” said Mr. Baugh. “Veterans Matter is an innovative grassroots effort by people who want to put our time, money and advocacy to help the most vulnerable veterans, those living on the streets of our nation. Jordan Reses and every one of our employees are proud to say Veterans Matter; we take care of our own.”

About the Silver Star Event
Saturday, May 14th, 2016
Father Gabriel Richard High School
4333 Whitehall Drive Ann Arbor, Michigan
Ticket Cost: $25.00
For more information visit

About Jordan Reses Supply Company
Jordan Reses Supply Co. is a full-line national distributor of medical equipment and supplies to federal government agencies, state government agencies, state hospitals, prison systems, elderly care facilities and other government run facilities.
Jordan Reses Supply Co. is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan with distribution facilities located in suburban Philadelphia, PA and Denver, CO, with regional sales offices in Phoenix, AZ; Chicago, IL; Lenexa, KS; Winchester, KY; Medford, MA and Pittsburgh, PA. For 30 years Jordan Reses has been at the forefront of the medical equipment industry. For more information visit:

About Veterans Matter
Veterans Matter partners with the VA and HUD to house America’s homeless veterans by passing on donations, less program costs, directly to landlords to provide the deposits that open the door to immediately available long-term housing and case management. This partnership gives Veterans Matter evidence-based 100 percent success rate housing veterans in a program that has a 91 percent success rate keeping them housed. Thanks to the support of 20+ celebrities, more than 1,000 homeless veterans have been housed in 11 states.

Veterans Matter is a program of, a Toledo, OH based 501c3 non-profit sparked by singer John Mellencamp during a 2007 visit to the group’s annual Tent City-Project Connect event.

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