Veteran William Cullen and his family were homeless and sleeping in a truck when several veterans groups volunteered to help him.
Veterans gathered at Lewes-Rehoboth Moose Lodge 646 near Lewes for a dinner and auction to benefit Cullen, wife Melissa, and the couple’s children Caylee and Corbin, on Jan. 5.
Marine Corps Lance. Cpl. Cullen, 32, served two tours of duty in Afghanistan, the U.S. Marine Corps said. But after returning home, Cullen lost his job and the family became homeless,
Mike Rowe, People’s Place Veteran’s Outreach Program director, said the family's difficulties arose because they made frequent trips to take Caylee who suffers from cancer, for treatment at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington. Rowe said Delaware State Police also assisted the family.
The Moose dinner and auction garnered more than $4,400 for the Cullens. Rowe said William has landed a job with Millman’s Appliance, and he started working Jan. 30. The family is also now renting a home near Millsboro.
Money raised at the Moose lodge is expected to pay for initial housing and utility costs, and there might be enough to buy a vehicle, said Rowe, who also said it's not unusual to find veterans who are jobless and homelessl.