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New group benefits area vets

There’s a new non-profit organization in town that was formed with the specific purpose of assisting veterans.

The organization, titled Vets 4 Vets, We Got Your 6, is led by a group of five veterans who are dedicated to the welfare of other veterans and who provide assurance that “we’ve got your back.”

Elaine McLeod, president of the Post 70 American Legion Auxiliary in Troy and a founding board member of the non-profit organization, said Vets 4 Vets;-We Got Your 6, is a dream that God put on her heart.

“Finally, the founding of the non-profit organization is an opportunity to do something about it,” McLeod said. “Vietnam, Grenada and Iraqi Freedom are all represented on the board. And, of course, we are looking, initially, at funding. So, our Auxiliary is having a rummage sale this weekend with all proceeds going to Vets 4 Vets –We’ve Got Your 6.”

The rummage sale will be at the American Legion Post 70 home at 212 East Walnut Street in Troy from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday and from 7 a.m. until noon on Saturday.

“We will have a variety of items including clothing, from children’s sizes to 3X and we’ll have everything from furniture to household items to knickknacks.

“We will accept donations as we are setting up on Wednesday and Thursday,” McLeod said. “Those who want to donate to the rummage sale may call 465-0067 for more information.”

McLeod said the long-term hope for the non-profit organization is to have a veterans’ village in the Troy area.

“We have an increasing number of female veterans and there are those among them who are living on the streets with their children,” McLeod said.

“There are five major categories of homeless veterans. The male veterans are the largest followed by female veterans. Families with children are third and, then, spouses who need help. Also, there are young veterans who have families and are struggling and need some breathing room for a while.”

For McLeod, Vets 4 Vets- We’ve Got Your 6 holds the hope for her dream to come true and the organization of the founding board was the first step, next is the rummage sale fundraiser on Friday and Saturday.

The founding board members are David Payne, president; Jessie Donaldson, vice president; Dianne Fickel, treasurer; Susan Filiault, secretary and McLeod, project manager.