Veterans with the resources that they have trouble providing for themselves. Reintegrating into society has many obstacles and often, isn’t always easy for veterans. Backpacks For Life is the support system that homeless and at-risk veterans may not have. At Backpacks For Life, we do not believe in a linear or one size fits all solution to the many challenges each veteran is facing. Instead, we employ a two-step approach that involves compassionately working to overcome a veteran’s individual challenges as a team and by connecting veterans with the extensive resources that are available to them that are within the BFL network. Whether it be holistic therapy, a suit, an HVAC installation, newborn assistance, or new tires, BFL works tirelessly to find the appropriate support for each veteran in need.

BFL believes in fostering self-reliance while assisting veterans through their hardships and provides veterans with the option to participate in mentorship programs wherein they learn essential skillsets like how to gain employment or even how to start their own business. Through this process, a veteran is able to feel supported, capable, and ultimately provides an overall feeling of security in their well-being. Most importantly, this process helps veterans provide for themselves and for their families which ultimately keeps them off of the streets and from bouncing from shelter to shelter.

Brett D'Alessandro - Co-Founder




Backpacks For Life is always on the clock for our veterans - that means making the 45 minute drive to meet up with a veteran who is using the ATM vestibule as his sleeping quarters so that he doesn't spend another night on the streets. It means taking that late night phone call from a veteran who is about to lose power in his home. It means buying dog food for a veteran's service dog so they don't have to give it up. It means inviting a previously homeless veteran to spend christmas with us, so that no veteran is left behind.

I feel like you are mostly helping out more than the locals are doing and that is truly heartbreaking! I do want you all to know we are all about helping others and karma and what you want done to you you do to others so we will help out with what we can as soon as we get our family situation back on track and are able to live a normal life. It’s going to take time but do know once we start to get there I will help support y’all and give to y’all as much as possible! Thank you again so much

-Wife of Army Veteran, 2005-2016
With a wife and four kids to say something as simple as buying my own Backpack was “impossible” is an understatement. I was left with the finalized thought of spending my first year in college at 32 with my schoolbooks in a shopping bag. My wife sat down with me and asked if there were any Veteran Nonprofits that helped in regards to something as simple as a backpack. That’s when we came across “Backpacks for Life Inc” without hesitation they shipped one right out. So with tears in our eyes and love in our hearts we THANK YOU!!!

-Navy Veteran
Backpacks For Life has been a huge blessing for me, after going through a couple of tough years of losing everything and having no place to call home. When I finally got my apartment, they helped me pay my first month’s rent, get furniture and had movers bring it to my new apartment. I’m so grateful for them helping me at a pivotal, intricate time, especially during the time when all of the larger organizations declined to help. Oh, one more important thing I want to say about Backpacks For Life: They not only offer Veterans
help, but the help that they offer is all-encompassing. As a Veteran, it is important to me to know that Backpacks For Life is supported and able to continue their work because they truly have a heart to help Veterans.

-Army Veteran, 1989-1990