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Lockport, NY - On this patriotic holiday week, we also honor our veterans who helped guarantee our freedoms. And in Niagara County, a special project is taking shape to make sure their needs will be met.
This effort to help veterans in Niagara County actually started with a children's program called the the Kid's Breaking Free Foundation. It helps support kids who have family members with substance abuse issues.
The founder of that group, Jen D-Andrea - Terreri, says she actually learned about the issues and problems of veterans through a reading project with those children and other parents.
She decided to organize this drive to raise money for a shelter to be built somewhere in Lockport for homeless and disabled vets who need assistance. It would be a long term living facility with support services which is needed in Niagara County for the estimated 2,000 veterans in that category.
D'Andrea Terreri says "A lot of the transitional facilities have two years maximum and sometimes depending on the situation and the disabilities and some of the other personal situations with those veterans, they may not be ready to transition out in two years. So this is a housing option that is pretty new to this area. There's not a lot of it around here. So that's where we see the greatest need and that's what we're trying to accomplish."
That's again the need for this fundraiser set for Saturday from 11 AM to 4 PM at the Elks Lodge on North Canal Road in Lockport. Donated food for the veterans will also be distributed to those who attend.
For more information go http://homelessveteranswny.com