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Gun Raffle

Keep & Bear Arms + Gunsmithing, LLC, located in Greer, SC is sponsoring a Gun Raffle on behalf of Heroes Hand Up. Matt from Keep & Bear Arms is providing a brand new M82A1 rifle, chambered in .50 cal, complete with: pelican case, dual barrel springs, folding bipod, and much more. Raffle tickets are $50.00 each and can be purchased securely using the 'Buy Now' button below:

Note: In order to claim prize, winner must be legally eligible purchase a firearm.

In The News

Heroes Hand Up was recently featured in a story by Josh Roe on News Channel 9, Chattanooga's local ABC affiliate. The story preceded the very succesful Heroes Hand Up Ruck and Raffle Food Drive on June 11, 2016. During the event, participants carried a rucksack (backpack) full of food items for donation and took part in variousl obstacles and challenges along the route.

The Ruck and Raffle Food Drive was a very succesful event for Heroes Hand Up, follow us on Facebook to learn more about upcoming events and ways to donate or volunteer.

About Us

Here is the history behind Heroes Hand Up. I have wanted to help our veteran community for a very long time. When the 22+1 epidemic started, having near been a statistic I felt called to help there. It wasn't too long after that I realized that there were so many people helping this cause that maybe I could help somewhere else.

About a month and a half ago I was invited to help hand out lunch in Miller Park, with my cousins and their church. I gladly went. After being out there seeing all of the homeless people, both young and old, black and white, newly homeless and some having been on the streets for a very long time. After doing some research on the amount of homeless in Chattanooga and how many of them were veterans, I knew this is where I was needed.

I was invited out with my cousins outreach ministry. This would be my second outing. On this night, I met and had more than a 5 minute conversation with some of my forgotten brothers. These men had been forgotten since Vietnam. I met a man that has been on the street for 27 years. I met another that was on the streets for the past 6 months, did 2 tours, one in '67 and the other in '68. He turns 70 this year. I went home changed.

The following day I researched how to start a non-profit organization. It was going to cost a couple hundred dollars, which was a couple hundred dollars I didn't have. However, I found it... because I knew with this couple hundred dollars, all of you would be assured that this organization was legitimate; we are here to help our nations heroes that are on the street. This leads me to my next point.

After some meaningful conversation with Butch, Tim and Monk, I realized that these men do not want a hand out. They don't want to be given anything, but a chance... These are the men that do not want to be given a fish, they want to be taught how to fish. They are willing to put in the work to fix any space they can to make it livable. Not just livable for them, but for anyone else that wants to put in the work. That first night when I met Butch, he did the typical good NCO thing- he made sure his friends ate first. This proved to me that they want a hand up, not a hand out.

The following day the fee's were paid and Heroes Hand Up was born.

Lastly, the hand up these great Americans need is not just a place to live or something to eat. Many of them have "issues". Some need post-deployment psychological help, substance abuse help, help getting a job, getting help with the VA, etc. This all starts with everyone of you caring. Caring enough to look at this page, caring enough to volunteer to go out one night, to donate some extra blankets or old shoes lying in the closet.

Thanks for caring,


Our Mission

Heroes Hand Up was created in early 2016 to combat the growing epidemic of homelessness among American Veterans in Chattanooga, Tennessee. We are devoted to bringing quality of life to these forgotten heroes and promoting purpose driven lives among our nation's finest men and women, while increasing the awareness and involvement of our communities.

How to Help


Heroes Hand Up is dedicated to providing assistance to homeless veterans. Unfortunately, providing assistance is not an endeavor without cost. To make a monetary donation to Heroes Hand Up, please use the donate button located below. Rest assured that all funds donated go directly to assisting homeless veterans, and your donations are tax-deductible. If you would like to help out in other ways, please follow us on Facebook to learn of local events and food drives.


We are always in need of volunteers. We host many fund-raising and donation gathering events, as well as recurring events to deliver food and essentials to those in need. Please follow us on Facebook to learn more about upcoming events, or email info@heroeshandup.org to learn more ways to help.

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Contact Us

Please feel free to contact Heroes Hand Up at any time for more information on how you can donate, volunteer, or otherwise assist in providing a "hand up" to our local heroes.


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