Wounded veteran takes action to help homeless veteran

Posted at 12:37 AM, Mar 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-12 12:54:13-04

Hampton, Va. - A wounded veteran is helping a homeless veteran get off the streets.

Elise Cerella met Ray Sager on Monday, March 9 while they were both at the Hampton VA Hospital.

Cerella had just undergone back surgery and was picking up a prescription when she helped Sager, an amputee, go outside. The two talked quickly before parting ways, but their conversation stayed with Cerella.

"I thought I would never see him again," she said. "He was on my mind all night the next day at work. And then I went to Walmart and there he was."

That's when she decided to take action to help get his life back in order.

"He definitely needs the in home health care, the rides to the facilities and I know it's available, but someone needs to connect with him instead of here is a piece of paper call this number. If I can be that voice for him, I have all the time in the world."

In the meantime, Cerella is checking in with Sager on a daily basis and collecting items he needs--a simple act of kindness that means the world to Sager.

"Things like that really bless you," said Sager. "Because they don’t know you and they don’t know anything about you. It's really good when people care. Sometimes that's all that keeps you going - knowing that people are going to be coming to help you."

To help Sager, you can email Elise at or donate to his Go Fund Me Page, "Rockin' for Ray" at