Howard “Scrappy” Johnson and his wife Elena found true love for the second time when they married each other. The Johnsons, who were both widowed when they were wed in Texas in 1990, spent most of their married life running consignment shops in Royal Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens. Now they’ve found a new love: helping out veterans who are down on their luck.
Scrappy was a highly decorated Air Force colonel who led bombing missions in Korea and Vietnam, and Elena’s first husband was a veteran, so both of them have a long history with the U.S. Armed Forces. They did not realize they wanted to devoted their lives to helping Veterans until Scrappy by chance heard about a homeless veteran who was sleeping with his under a bridge in Palm Beach Gardens. Moved by the man’s plight, Scrappy gave him $1,700 to get him back on his feet.
Scrappy’s gift made such a difference in that veteran’s life that it inspired Elena to create a foundation called Joint Mission. The charity has already furnished the homes of three veterans in need, and there are plans in the works to buy a warehouse so they can store and distribute more donated furniture.
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