VA Maryland Health Care System
Local Child Supports Veterans
Tyler Stallings might be 5 years old, but he already has big ideas and bigger plans in the works. Last week, Tyler and his mom delivered 14 hero bags to the Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC) at the Baltimore VA Annex to help Veterans struggling with homelessness. The bags are part of an on-going program—created by Tyler—to bring support to homeless veterans, and this year alone, he has donated more than 50 bags.
Anthony Gibson, program manager at the CRRC, welcomed Tyler and the bags—backpacks filled with comfort items, easy-to-eat snacks, and bottled water that Tyler and his mother collect and donate. "I saw a YouTube video about homeless veterans and I thought it wasn't right," Tyler said. "They shouldn't be on the streets."
Because he comes from a family of Veterans, it stuck with him that veterans could fall on hard times after they serve their country. "It's time to help them," he said. Aside from hero bags chock full of comfort items, Tyler also includes bus passes. He also launched a website and has published a book titled, Tyler Goes Around the World. "I like doing things in the community that are good," he said.
Van Felton, an Army Veteran sitting in the waiting room at the CRRC received one of the hero bags and said, "I'm overwhelmed by PeeWee over there. He's a child and telling us he has our backs."
Gov. Larry Hogan has already awarded Tyler with a certificate for his good works in the community.