Local Benefit Helps Homeless Veterans

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According to recent reports communities across the country identified nearly 50,000 homeless vets on a single night in January of 2014.

“These men and women have done the jobs that some people don’t want to do,” said Jon Gist with the 148th Fighter Wing. “So when they come home we need to take care of them the best way we can.”

Hoping to decrease the number of displaced troops owners of the El Dorado Bar and Grill in Oliver, WI hosted the 3rd annual Homeless Veterans Benefit and Customer Appreciation Day.

Complete with a horse shoe tournament, pig roast, raffle and lots of other fun.

Proceeds went to the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans which helps members of the military who are at risk and without shelter.

“It might be tough to come home and transition from a life in the military overseas fighting the war and come home and just live an everyday life,” said El Dorado Bar and Grill owner Todd Pfeffer. “We need to help people adjust.”

Military officials tell FOX 21 transitioning out of the service is one of the biggest contributors to homelessness.

Some soldiers have a hard time finding their place, employment and face issues with health and stigmas.

“They can sustain a family in the military, they can sustain their hobbies or lifestyles,” said Michael Lacsamana with Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans. “When they come out the transition isn’t smooth. So they find themselves kind of just I guess just going through those growing pains of transitioning out.”

You can still donate by going to the meat raffle on Wednesdays at El Dorado or you can take it to Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans on Ramsey Street in west Duluth.

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