Homeless Veteran Alan McKracken
Alan McCracken is a United States Army veteran who proudly served his country for 6 years before being honorably discharged. After his service ended, he fell on hard times and wound up homeless, living on the streets and eventually making his way to Las Vegas. Many will recognize Alan from the "Magician Rips Up A Homeless Man's Sign " viral video, where I, Rob Anderson did a magical stunt with his sign by tearing, restoring it and producing money from it. Many who watched the video were struck by Alan's kindness toward me by picking up a pen cap that I dropped while drawing on his sign (if you haven't seen the video, please watch it to understand context). Requests have poured in for more info about Alan by people wanting to know his story and how they can help.
Since filming the video, I have located Alan again and gotten to know him. Alan is just as kind in person as he appears in the video. He can often be seen in downtown Las Vegas with a large sign that says "SMILE", just trying to bring a smile to strangers' faces, even if they don't give him any money. After speaking with Alan, he told me "I'm not out here to fill my pockets... I'm out here to fill my soul. The Lord will provide what I need". Alan does not do any drugs, and is proud to tell you about overcoming alcoholism much earlier in life. He would love to find a job, but as he explained to me, it's difficult to find a job when you don't have a home to clean yourself up in, or a decent change of clothes to wear. If there's anyone who would be deserving of assistance to get back on their feet, it is Alan McCracken.
I am starting this fund for Alan to provide him with an apartment in Las Vegas for 6 months, food, new clothes that he can wear to job interviews, other basic necessities, and to set up a bank account for his new life.
Posted by Rob Anderson
Hi - I see this noble effort and the happiness that results - I need some advice to assist in raising funds (and awareness) for a local (Poughkeepsie, NY) Vietnam veteran (in and out of homelessness) - every day he is at a local plaza with a sign reading "have you thanked The Lord today?" and featuring his status as a Vietnam (broke) veteran - if he's lucky he will make $20.00 in a day/when he can pay his rent he gets his room - often threatened to be out - need advice on assisting this hero how to live a more dignified life, please !
It's unfortunate that veterans are homeless and down and out. If any one in this country that should be assisted with housing, jobs, clothing and or food it should be the men and women who fight for the freedom we enjoy every day. Thank goodness for grateful and big hearts of every day civilians who appreciate veterans and are thankful for their service. It is obvious the government does NOT do enough to insure that they protect their veterans which is a damn shame! As a Navy Desert Storm Veteran I struggle as well and I do not know what I would do without the support of my family because there are just not enough government resources available for veterans. We were a priority when we risked our lives and or gave up our freedom for the freedom of others but once we discharge we become just a number or even worse a ghost. Thank you to the everyday people who are appreciative for the United States Military because honestly, I never enlisted for the "government" I enlisted for myself and to serve and protect! Thank you to all of the other veterans who are or were under-appreciated, but ALWAYS remember you made a difference and ALWAYS hold your head high and be proud of your military accomplishments
I HAVE BERN UNEMPLOYED SINCE 2012 AND NOW MY DOG. IS SICK JACK RUSSEL HE"S BLOATED CAN SOMEONE HELP ME
hello i am glad vets are getting the help they need and very much deserve, they served for us and not selfishly either. I am disabled and just get by have not served in the armed forces due to my problems, not asking you to feel sorry for me there are alot of people that have problems and could use help. I thank the people who served and God Bless Them
I just seen this here and wanted to say this is an amazing thing to see, My husband is a retired veteran and I can tell you that all the soldiers deserves better from the government but can tell you that it may never happen. We wish we could donate but having 6 kids we struggle to but I wanted to say thank you to whomever is doing this for veterans and god bless you!
Any further updates on how Alan is doing?
This is so amazing, I have a son and my husband was in the military, I would love to have something like this in Mobile Alabama maybe one day I can help
my friend Merideth writes: "I believe this is my former client from San Diego. Please have Rob contact me. If this is in fact my former client I would love to find out how he got out here. Thanks."
Way to go Rob! And leave it to Alan to want to share the majority of the donations with a fellow veteran with a family! Wish there would have been a short video of him, too. Keep spreading joy, Rob! 100% happy endings. Thank you so much you made my Christmas Holiday!
Awesomesauce!!! I love a happy ending! Especially one with two!!! I'm hoping for more happy endings! Rob you are "Jesus with Skin on!" Our Youth and Young Adult Pastor used to talk about going out and being Jesus with Skin on, and you are an example of that! Thank you for showing this concept, to a new Generation of youth, and showing them that our "Elders" are our responsibility... It doesn't just take a Village to raise a child, but it takes a village to create Legends, History, Heritage, Community, and Family! As we begin to Celebrate Christmas... Thank you for Showing that there is still a Savior who still Loves Them, and who is still their Deliver!
I have a friend in Statesboro, Ga. he is a Vietnam vet. He is a marine. He is the most giving person I know, even when he doesn't have much himself. He gave someone a place to live last year and they turned right around and stole from him and ever sense he has been in debt. He can't seem to get out of the whole he is in. He only get disability and the home he lives in was left to him by his fiancee who passed away last august. He is suppose to have surgeries but can't cause his heart won't take it. He would die on the table so he lives with the pain. Even though he is in pain he still has a great sense of humor. Well he is broke and still helping people. He has a woman and her two kids living with him to help them out with a place to live. He would give his shirt off his back for someone who needs it. Well now he just lost his only truck cause he did not have the money to pay for it. He has an appointment at the VA in South Carolina and doesn't have a way to get there. Even when he goes to the Va they don't help him like they should. I just don't believe a man who fought for our freedom should be treated this way. He can't get help cause he get disability and you and I know that is not enough to live off of. Thank you for Listening. Linda Ray firstname.lastname@example.org
I try to give a bit when ever.