Homeless veterans get free Memorial Day haircuts

Army veteran: 'It makes all the difference in the world'

SAN ANTONIO - One by one, some homeless veterans took their turn Monday at the American GI Forum Residential Center for Homeless Veterans for free haircuts.
The haircuts were provided by volunteers Chris Ramirez and Vanessa Salazar of Razor Cuts at Ingram Mall.
"They deserve this and more," said Salazar, who was invited by Ramirez to join him in giving many of the veterans what they had lacked for weeks.
Salazar said the experience was a first for her.
"It won't be my last, that's for sure," she said.
As a Navy veteran coming from a family of veterans, Ramirez said he's contributed his skills in the past because he feels that fate kept him from falling into the same predicament.
"I was lucky enough to come home and have support from my family and friends," Ramirez said. "If I didn't have that, I don't know where I'd be."
Bryan Scott, an Army veteran sporting a new shorter haircut, said their haircut "makes all the difference in the world."
Scott said the timing couldn't be better. He said he's applying for a job in a warehouse.
"I've got an interview tomorrow, so it's going to be great," Scott said.
Alex Penuelaz, who served in the Army National Guard, was thankful for the free trim.
"I thank them for coming over. They're doing a good job," Penuelaz said.
Ramirez said haircuts and getting mustaches and sideburns trimmed go a long way in helping boost the confidence of veterans who've had a difficult time since leaving the military.
"It's a good opportunity to keep me humble and appreciate everything they have done for us and for our country," Salazar said.
Ramirez said he urges others in the community with skills that can benefit veterans to step forward and contribute of themselves for their behalf, and not just on Memorial Day.

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