green vets los angeles gives veterans jobs making reusable bags
Wearing T- A group of homeless veterans opened the sewing machine on the latest working day, started working, and went deep into the Carson manufacturing plant. They are members of the Los Angeles green Veterinary Association, a non-profit program that aims to help them make a living by launching a hot new product in the local market, overcoming the physical harm and lingering anxiety of battlefield services: reusable cloth shopping bags made of scrap. The project is the idea of Jim Kraeger, president and chief executive of special operations technology. A defense contractor specializing in military survival equipment In clean water advocates crasher is considered a leader on the grass Ban grassroots sports for singles Use plastic bags from Los Angeles to Sacramento. Sarah Sikich said: \"Our motivation is to clean up the local waterways and his motivation is to create jobs for homeless vets and sell a product, this added to the cause the director of coastal resources of the patriotic environmental advocacy group to heal the Gulf. \"At a meeting before the city council and state legislature, when Jim stood up and talked about plastic pollution not being a complete environmental problem, I saw the ears excited. Crapper, a disabled vet who himself broke his ankle while parachuting, said: \"The plastic industry says the ban is a job killer. We disagree. You give us an order for 100,000 packs and you provide 9 months of work to 10 veterans. \"U. S. Esther Stribling, a 51-year-old Air Force veteran, accompanied crasher to some of these meetings. Before she joined the Green vet LA, Stribling wondered if she could put aside the painful memories of her experience as a combat photographer. For 20 years, she filmed the deaths and injuries in clashes with enemy forces, plane crashes and vehicle collisions, and violent crimes including murder, rape and child abuse. Now, these images have become \"miracles that will not disappear,\" she said, feeding the fabric through her sewing machine. \"I now see bodies piled up beside me, burnt bodies. Sometimes I can even smell smoke. \"I love the job because I have to focus on sewing when I sew, not anything else. \"Cramer launched the Green vet LA in 2009, and he bought 20 sewing machines for about $15,000, and recruited 20 patients from the western Los Angeles Medical Center of the Department of Veterans Affairs. The project is to honor a friend who committed suicide two days after traveling in Afghanistan. Cringe said that under the supervision of veterans advisers, he strode through a narrow aisle, where veterans are cutting and stitching \"Our goal is to provide a lifeline for veterans who touch the bottom of their lives. \"The Green vet is a charity with no profit. Crapper\'s business sells bags produced by veterans to customers and then forwards the proceeds to the VA, which in turn pays at least the minimum wage. The competition includes reusable bags made in China, which cost about $3 to $4 each, Crapper said. \"Our bags are about $4. 50,\" he said. \"We believe that people who care will pay an extra dollar to produce a package in the United States. S. A. \"If the California Legislature approves the statewide proposal to ban plastic bags, charity will grow. The state Senate Appropriations Committee\'s upcoming 298 parliamentary bill will ban the distribution of stores. Use the pick up package. Customers of green cars include the city of Los Angeles, which may become the latest customer in a series of major cities in California. San Jose, San Francisco, Santa Monica and Long Beach- Plastic bags are prohibited. Santa Monica alone purchased 26,000 green vet LA bags, most of which were presented at environmental outreach projects and workshops. \"Green vet LA bags has everything,\" said Josephine Miller, director of the Santa Monica office for sustainable development and environment . \". \"They are durable, high quality products made of scrap and will eventually be landfill. Because they are produced locally, it is necessary to have no transportation. They serve the community and improve the environment. They are handmade by local heroes. \"Including the former president of the United States. S. The 54-year-old Navy boatman\'s teammate Darrell Loren was diagnosed with severe post-traumatic stress syndrome after two sea fires on an amphibious cargo ship. He has been homeless for 24 years, and five of them live alone under the overpass hundreds of yards from Goodyear blimmp Carson mooring. \"Man, I thought I \'d be found dead somewhere in the street,\" Loren said . \". \"Look at me now,\" he said, waving at the bustling workplace. \"The Green vet is like a family to me and I have an apartment and a car. \"A sewing machine a few feet away in front of the United StatesS. The 56-year-old Army Airborne Division 82 member, Fred Stanley, was caught in serious drug abuse after witnessing a mortar accident that killed a close friend. \"From time to time I found someone holding one of our bags,\" he said with a smile . \". \"I must resist the temptation and go up and say, \'I am one of the people who put these together. \' \"louis. Sahagon @ latimes.