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11/11/08

Enduring Hope for Lubbock's Veterans

After serving in a war, some military personnel find it difficult to readjust to civilian life. One statistic states that twenty-five percent of America's homeless are veterans. But for those who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, there is a program in Lubbock to help lower that statistic.

Many veterans deal with the transition differently.

"It was a little bit difficult the job situation didn't seem as plentiful as it is now," said one veteran. "It's just like changing jobs of any nature. I just went from having a gun in the military to having a pen and pencil civilian."

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that fifteen percent of veterans aged 20-24 were unemployed, which is three times the national average.

Operation Enduring Hope is a program aiming to turn those numbers around, and prevent veterans from ever becoming homeless.

"The thought with this program is to prevent homelessness and extreme need due to financial hardships due to their service," said Heather Evans, of Operation Enduring Hope. "So if we can kind of head off some of those problems through this program that's our goal is to be able to help them."

This program offers financial assistance to military personnel and their families who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan helping with utlility bills, rent, day care and more.

"A lot of times when they return from active duty it takes them a couple of months to find employment," said Evans. "Their active duty reimbursement stops when they come back, so they have to look for a job and find one. So their may be a delay in income.

It is a program that ensures help for those who risk their lives - to ensure our freedom.

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