We all probably live a small margin away from success to homeless. The stock market crash of 1929 sent rich people into poverty, some leaping to their deaths because of losing their fortune. Veterans left the United States to serve overseas: World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Cold War, Grenada, Panama, Kosovo, the Middle East, only for some to come back to a crumbling family. Some became victims of circumstances years after being discharged from the military. There is a complex set of reasons for veterans to be homeless. There is no difference for these vets if they were decorated war heroes or not. On any given night 39, 471 veterans are homeless, and that is estimation by 2017 statistics.
Being homeless doesn’t make any difference in being human. We all have souls, we all need compassion, we all need a hand up at some point in time.
Wade Lunniss is a decorated veteran of the Air Force during Vietnam. After leaving the military, his skills landed him a highly specialized career. He had a marriage and a child. Somewhere along the way, his marriage crumbled, he lost everything, and he needed a hip replacement because of a fall related to a job. He became another of thousands of homeless vets.
Wade, occasionally called Luney (loo –nee), had a hip fracture from a fall that required a hip replacement. Complications of metal on metal hip prosthetic deterioration and other health issues sent him into the hospital for three different hip revisions on top of the original replacement. Multiple problems arose both legal and health related, but through it all, Wade eventually was able to rebound and build a life, now battling cancer related to the trauma of the hip repair and metallosis.
Wade Lunniss is essentially your average guy. Single, alone and starting over from what had been a successful past. While in Cleveland under treatment, Wade began using dating sites. This helped to pass the time with his treatment and recuperation between chemotherapy treatments. One conversation was struck up with an individual by the name of Talia Shepherd. Soon Wade discovered one of the many scams people are pulling on veterans all over the world that was using the name of Talia Shepherd or her photo with false names.
Wade is a man of integrity. With Mr. Lunniss, it is black and white, right and wrong. Wade is now committed to exposing as many scams as possible on dating sites to put an end to the conning of active and discharged military personnel, families and friends of those who serve and served the United States. Africa and South America, specifically Ghana, Nigeria, and Chile are some of the countries involved in the scams. There are money laundering sites scattered strategically across the United States that receive the wired funds from unsuspecting people with military connections or well-meaning people who truly want to help others and have fallen victim to the elaborate stories. For Wade Lunniss, it has evolved into a project that has exposed him to multiple calls, texts, and emails from these fraudulent scam artists.
The Holy Bible, in Jesus’ words, tells us to care for the helpless and the poor. As a whole, Americans do still have kind hearts, in spite of the media and the spin on hatred that is happening in our country. Those who have lived on the street and have been homeless understand better than most the importance of giving a hand up. Wade Lunniss was able to pull himself out of homelessness. He didn’t do it alone, he did it with the help of others. Giving back to veterans and the families of veterans who have been victimized by scammers gives him fulfillment knowing that he is helping someone, and stopping victimization.
If you would like to contact Wade, you may reach out to him through this blog.