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Lawmakers believe veterans deserve more assistance


MADISON (WKOW) – Veterans will be honored across the country on Monday for their immeasurable service to our country.

In support of our military, President Obama is taking steps to ensure support for the nation's service men and women.  He's promoting programs to hire and educate veterans.  Obama says all lawmakers agree that the country benefits from the unmatched skills, dedication and courage of veterans.

Wisconsin senator Tammy Baldwin says it's the nation's responsibility to support programs and services that provide economic security and healthcare for Americans returning from war.  Baldwin says, "We must all do our part to serve those who have served us and the great nation we are blessed to call home."

As many continue throughout the day to honor our nation's veterans, it is also a time to talk about the programs in place to help veterans adapt back into society after a deployment.

It's no secret that there is an overwhelming need for these programs that help veterans on a daily basis.  However, many in the United States are still waiting for help. 

For example, Jim Wolf is a homeless United States Army veteran who struggles with homelessness and alcoholism.  Degage Ministries decided to give Wolf a makeover to help motivate him to get his life back on track.  With a new haircut and some new clothes, Wolf feels like a whole new person.  He is attending alcoholic anonymous classes for the first time in his life and is working on getting housing assistance.   

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, in January of 2012, there were more than 62,000 homeless veterans in the United States.

Click here if you would like to support our veterans and donate to the Homeless Veterans Outreach Initiative, which is a program that helps veterans get back on their feet after making the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

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