Hoosier Heroes: Local veteran starting soup kitchen to help hungry, homeless vets

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He’s an Army veteran, but now Adam Minton is helping here at home.

“I was in the military for 8 years as an Army captain,” Minton said. “I spent some time overseas in Germany and in Korea.”

But for the last year, Minton and his girlfriend Erin Parks have been running a non-profit organization called The Minks Kids from their Fishers home to help homeless and hungry veterans in our area.

“As a captain he was always trying to take care of his soldiers, and I think he feels like he’s continuing that,” Parks said.

“I struggled when I left the military,” said Minton. “It’s hard for us to find our niche once we get out. I’m one of the fortunate ones.”

But at first, he had a hard time finding a job. Now he’s a security guard – but his passion is helping other vets.

“(I want) to let them know that there are organizations out there, there are veterans out there like myself, that want to provide them that (help),” Minton said.

“The military in general has that ‘no man left behind’ mantra and it just feels like when the men and women transition, they’re kind of being left behind, not necessarily by the military, just kind of by life,” said Parks.

So now Adam & Erin are looking to grow, and hoping to get enough community support to start a soup kitchen, with a physical location near Downtown. But already they’ve been busy delivering meals and supplies to homeless veterans, through the Homeless Veterans Assistance Foundation.

“Some of them are very appreciative, but some are still… maybe a little ashamed that the military’s let (them) down a little bit,” Minton said.

“That just hits both of us really wrong,” said Parks. “It’s just not fair. They’re willing to put their lives on the line for us and then they come home and can’t find a place to live, so it’s the least we can do to try and get them back on their feet.”

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