Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Homeless Army Veteran Died Left Behind Bible

Homeless man remembered as Army vet found dead outside Trenton cemetery
The Trentonian
By Penny Ray and Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman
POSTED: 10/03/17


This Bible was left behind by Jeffrey Bakos, a homeless man who was found dead at a camp site adjacent to city cemetery. (Penny Ray-Trentonian)
TRENTON 
A small American flag marks a spot in a wooded area adjacent to a city cemetery where a homeless man was found dead Sunday morning.
The flag was placed there by members of a homeless community to honor Jeffrey R. Bakos, a 55-year-old veteran of the U.S. Army, according to his grieving friends.
“If you serve in the military, you should never be homeless,” said a teary-eyed Ann Marie Eggert, 46, who became close friends with Bakos over the past few weeks. “Tell Donald Trump to come here. These are veterans. They don’t deserve this s---.”
According to his friends, Bakos lived in a wooded area tucked between Route 129 and Riverview Cemetery, the Trenton graveyard where his late grandparents were buried decades ago. He often panhandled near the intersection of the highway and Lalor Street, asking citizens for money. His friends said Bakos unsuccessfully applied for welfare benefits. They said he quit trying to find a permanent home because it was too hard.
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35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,  
36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?  
38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?  
39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Matthew 25