Stars and Stripes stripes.com 20 Dec, 2020 00:15 am

Fla. teen named GoFundMe's 'Kid Hero' was inspired by Vietnam veteran

Fla. teen named GoFundMe's 'Kid Hero' was inspired by Vietnam veteran
It all started with a chance meeting between Lakewood Ranch High School sophomore Lorenzo Liberti and a Vietnam war veteran.

After his encounter with the homeless veteran, Liberti said, "It clicked in me that why would our heroes be on the side of the road asking and begging for food when in reality they went and served without us ever asking them to."Both are really near to my heart," Liberti said, while noting he is planning to the military as well.For now, "I just want to help these veterans in some way," Liberti said.Gaetano Liberti said it's been an amazing journey with his son and hopes to make it an official nonprofit company in the coming months.

"I've really enjoyed the journey and we want to make it official in support of the 22 Vets Foundation, which addresses the 22 veterans who commit suicide every day in this country," Gaetano Liberti said."I never thought I would be able to make such a difference and it's not just me, but the fact that people are willing to stand by me and help with this problem we are trying to solve that has been going on for so long is overwhelming, but in a good way," Lorenzo Liberti said.

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