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Dec 28

Focus On Veterans In Missouri 2014

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – They serve our nation even at the risk to their own lives.

Many veterans of the armed forces continue to serve after their active duty ends through organizations like the American Legion. In Missouri, the Legion is active throughout the state providing services to veterans, their families and through service to local communities through sports and youth programs.MWSnap038

This week, John Buckwalter from the American Legion’s Department of Missouri branch explains what the organization does, the impact they have and why it’s important to the entire state. Buckwalter is the Zone 1 Vice Commander.

Also, too often, those returning from active duty find readjusting to civilian life harder than expected. Homelessness among veterans happens throughout the state. In Columbia, there’s an effort to find homeless vets, get them back on their feet and help them build a productive life after hanging up the uniform.

Ross Bridges, a Marine Corps veteran, is the Board President of Welcome Home, Inc. which is making a difference in the lives of many veterans each year.MWSnap039

He explains the emotional challenges some veterans face, why their program works, why it’s important to support veterans after active duty and why the entire state benefits from helping veterans in need. The Veterans United Foundation provides a special video report on this effort as well.

On the web:

American Legion in Missouri: http://www.missourilegion.org/

Welcome Home, Inc.: http://welcomehomelessveterans.org/

Veterans United Foundation: http://www.veteransunited.com/about/foundation/

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