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May 28th, 2010
08:30 AM ET

Creating a first stop for veterans' families

Palm Beach, Florida (CNN) - For years, Army veteran Roy Foster's motto has been "No man left behind." This month, he's broadened it to include women.

In November, Foster was recognized at "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute" as a Top 10 CNN Hero of 2009 for his efforts to help male veterans struggling with homelessness and addiction. His nonprofit, Faith*Hope*Love*Charity, has provided food, housing, counseling, employment and medical services to more than 1,100 veterans.

"I was somewhat overwhelmed at the tribute. To be a part of something that you love doing - to be honored in doing it was, you know, strange," recalled Foster, 54. "But then to be showcased internationally was tremendous. And it's still reaping benefits today."

Among those benefits is Foster's recent opening of the First Stop Resource Center and Housing Program in Palm Beach, Florida. The center and program widen the scope of support services his organization has been offering through its original Stand Down House. They also bring Foster's long-held dream to fruition. Read more

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