2021 40 Under 40 Honoree: Eric Howze
“There’s a lot of veterans who want to be reintegrated into society. They just need some type of help, and that’s where we come in.”
When Eric Howze returned home in 2011 from his military service in Iraq, he struggled with chronic homelessness and PTSD. A decade later, he’s dedicated to helping others who struggle with those issues.
In August 2020, Howze and his wife, 40 Under 40 honoree Christina Flewellen-Howze, founded No Hero Left Behind, which advocates for homeless and underserved veterans in southwestern Pennsylvania. Whether it’s helping them seek benefits, medical care or financial assistance or increasing their self-value through creative-educational workshops, the organization aims to provide essential services and do away with the stereotype of the dangerous veteran.
“There’s a lot of veterans who want to be reintegrated into society. They just need some type of help, and that’s where we come in,” Howze says. “Some [veterans] are fortunate to leave the war, but not all are fortunate enough for the war to leave them.”
He hopes that No Hero Left Behind can help to reduce suicide — 20 veterans a day take their own lives — and homelessness.
We’re “really just trying to help every veteran to be able to get their name on a mailbox and be able to get the emotional support that they deserve,” Howze says.