Homeless Veteran Alan McKracken

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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.

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I just wanted to share the update video for those may not have seen it yet. Things took an unexpected turn, but numerous lives were changed with your help. Thank you once again!
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Thank you to all who have donated! The fundraiser for Alan has concluded, and I am now working to allocate the money and surprise Alan very shortly. Look for an update video with the "big reveal" later this month.
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An update on Alan: he had been temporarily staying at the US Veterans Initiative in Las Vegas, but due to word getting around the building about his "celebrity" status, his life was made difficult by certain other residents of the building. Alan chose to go back out on the streets due to concerns about his safety, but is now staying at a hotel here in town thanks in part to your kind donations. This fundraiser will stay open until November 1, at which time it will be closed while decisions are made as to how to allocate the money to help Alan in his new life. Please view the update video with Alan which I have attached to this message.
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Thank you once again to those who have supported Alan. The money is currently being allocated for him, and an update on that is on the way. I need to make one final statement about those who are asking me for assistance. Each day, I'm being bombarded with requests for money, requests to set up other fundraisers, requests for sharing current fundraisers and the like. I will not be responding to any further requests, as there are just too many to keep up with. I'll just say one final time that the reason this has gone viral is due to the viral video I initially created. If you would like to make your own viral video, do something different that nobody has seen before, and post it to sites such as BoredomBash.com, which is where mine initially went viral.
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George Snipes
34 months ago
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It seems that ordinary Americans care and do more for Veterans than the federal government and the agencies that it sponsors to take care of Vets. Thanks America.

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Paul Campilii
37 months ago
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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 !

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Janise Johnson
31 months ago
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Rob you are one heck of a man to help all the vets who helped us. Thank you so much . You are amazing.

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Tammy Felter
33 months ago
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Thank you for helping a veteran. As an Army Vet myself it breaks my heart to see homeless Veterans. ..well homeless in general ;) but our Veterans deserve better. Thank you...♡

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Samantha Watkins
30 months ago
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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

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Kishore Moses
31 months ago
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I am vet who I struggling but will god will we are surviving ! Some I want to help my fellow brothers and sisters! God will lead the way!

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Samantha Capes
33 months ago
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Wow, human kindness is a wonderful thing, this is what happens when people work together to help their fellow human beings. What you did to get the ball rolling for these veterans is amazing! =D

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Al Baker
38 months ago
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I would still like to donate to Alan's fund, how can I do so please? thanks

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Jill Udart
39 months ago
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I was moved to tears, knowing that my small donation went to help the Veterans who have been discarded by our government. FEELING AWESOME RIGHT NOW!!!!

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Steve Smith
39 months ago
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The true sign of a giving spirit. Just because some one offers, you don't have to take. Allen took what he needed and passed on the love. Keep it up Rob I AM IN.

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Geraldine Waddles
30 months ago

I HAVE BERN UNEMPLOYED SINCE 2012 AND NOW MY DOG. IS SICK JACK RUSSEL HE"S BLOATED CAN SOMEONE HELP ME

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Robin
3 months ago

I am also desperately trying to help a homeless veteran. Not posting link, but please go to my campaign and share and help in anyway possible. God bless!

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Cathy StrongNix
4 months ago

I read this and it touched my heart. My husband served 13 years as a Marine. We are struggling due to medical and wonder how far we are from being like this guy. He has an illness caused by his military service. Im so blessed despite how we are struggling. My husband works but it takes it all. Its pretty bad when you decide to buy medicine or buy food. We know some of our challenges are temporary But like today...i could cry. I need this medicine. Husbands truck he uses for job needs a fuel pump. I just feel that there are probably more veterans out there struggling and forgotten. I am so blessed to hear this veteran got help. I pray his life has improved. And bless the persons that helped him.

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Bruce Bauer
22 months ago

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

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Jessica Larsen
25 months ago

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!

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Tamara Pratt
33 months ago

Any further updates on how Alan is doing?

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Stephanie Williams
33 months ago

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

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Rick Passo
37 months ago

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."

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Cathy Horejs-Kuckuk
39 months ago

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!

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Jennifer Marsh
39 months ago

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!

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George Snipes
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It seems that ordinary Americans care and do more for Veterans than the federal government and the agencies that it sponsors to take care of Vets. Thanks America.

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Paul Campilii
37 months ago
4
4

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 !

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Janise Johnson
31 months ago
3
3

Rob you are one heck of a man to help all the vets who helped us. Thank you so much . You are amazing.

+ Read More
Tammy Felter
33 months ago
3
3

Thank you for helping a veteran. As an Army Vet myself it breaks my heart to see homeless Veterans. ..well homeless in general ;) but our Veterans deserve better. Thank you...♡

+ Read More
Samantha Watkins
30 months ago
1
1

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

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Kishore Moses
31 months ago
1
1

I am vet who I struggling but will god will we are surviving ! Some I want to help my fellow brothers and sisters! God will lead the way!

+ Read More
Samantha Capes
33 months ago
1
1

Wow, human kindness is a wonderful thing, this is what happens when people work together to help their fellow human beings. What you did to get the ball rolling for these veterans is amazing! =D

+ Read More
Al Baker
38 months ago
1
1

I would still like to donate to Alan's fund, how can I do so please? thanks

+ Read More
Jill Udart
39 months ago
1
1

I was moved to tears, knowing that my small donation went to help the Veterans who have been discarded by our government. FEELING AWESOME RIGHT NOW!!!!

+ Read More
Steve Smith
39 months ago
1
1

The true sign of a giving spirit. Just because some one offers, you don't have to take. Allen took what he needed and passed on the love. Keep it up Rob I AM IN.

+ Read More
Geraldine Waddles
30 months ago

I HAVE BERN UNEMPLOYED SINCE 2012 AND NOW MY DOG. IS SICK JACK RUSSEL HE"S BLOATED CAN SOMEONE HELP ME

+ Read More
Robin
3 months ago

I am also desperately trying to help a homeless veteran. Not posting link, but please go to my campaign and share and help in anyway possible. God bless!

+ Read More
Cathy StrongNix
4 months ago

I read this and it touched my heart. My husband served 13 years as a Marine. We are struggling due to medical and wonder how far we are from being like this guy. He has an illness caused by his military service. Im so blessed despite how we are struggling. My husband works but it takes it all. Its pretty bad when you decide to buy medicine or buy food. We know some of our challenges are temporary But like today...i could cry. I need this medicine. Husbands truck he uses for job needs a fuel pump. I just feel that there are probably more veterans out there struggling and forgotten. I am so blessed to hear this veteran got help. I pray his life has improved. And bless the persons that helped him.

+ Read More
Bruce Bauer
22 months ago

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

+ Read More
Jessica Larsen
25 months ago

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!

+ Read More
Tamara Pratt
33 months ago

Any further updates on how Alan is doing?

+ Read More
Stephanie Williams
33 months ago

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

+ Read More
Rick Passo
37 months ago

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."

+ Read More
Cathy Horejs-Kuckuk
39 months ago

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!

+ Read More
Jennifer Marsh
39 months ago

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!

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