GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The pandemic has canceled many events this year but nothing can stop our community from helping its veterans.
Though a little smaller this year, Operation Uplift, an event providing veterans with free clothes and toiletries, proceeded on Thursday, October 15th.
Items ranged from clothing and office supplies, to face masks and toiletries.
Operation Uplift is made possible by the help of Western Region One Source, American Leigon Post 37, VFW Post 3981, and First Christian Church.
“To assist a veteran to come back into society… it’s a full time job,” says American Leigon Post 37’s Susan Brown.
The transition from service to civilian life holds unimaginable challenges.
“My anxiety and depression, I don’t wanna be out in stores and stuff around people,” says one local veteran.
Organizers say it’s hard to relate. “When you come from a bubble… a core, and you got the language down… the system down… and then you no longer have that, and that’s what we are trying to say… we still have a core here,” says Susan Brown.
These organizations make sure veterans are taken care of after service transitioning back into civilian life, but you can also help.
Reach out to Western Region One Source at (970) 257-3760 for details on how to support your local veterans.