Help offered to local veterans PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Monday, 26 November 2012 11:11
After his divorce, David, a Navy veteran of the first Gulf War, lost his job and had no home. He was desperate. This father of two did not know what to do. He found himself at a homeless shelter and that's where he learned that a new program at WSOS may be able to help him.
With his background in manufacturing, the Ohio VETS program, operated by WSOS Community Action Commission, was able to help David find a job at an auto parts manufacturing plant.
"He's doing fantastic," said Ken Sayre, the veteran's family advocate at WSOS. "He was very motivated, he just needed to be led down the right path. We have set him up to help him succeed. "
David also received assistance with short-term housing, another program operated by WSOS. Through that program, he will receive assistance with the rent until he is financially able to take over the payments.
"Now that David is in a stable environment, he is able to see his kids again," Sayre explained. "It was so great to see the look on his face when they were reunited."
There are 60,791 veterans living in poverty in Ohio, and 10 percent of all homeless Ohioans are veterans. Programs like Ohio VETS can help our local heroes live happy, healthy and productive lives, just like it helped David. WSOS is seeking applicants for this program.
The Ohio VETS program at WSOS is one of six being piloted by Community Action Agencies in Ohio. The program, called the Ohio Vocation, Education, Training & Services (VETS) program, offers education and training to assist veterans in finding meaningful employment at a living wage, and providing them and their families with other supportive services to help them gain self-sufficiency.
The program is available to all veterans in Wood, Sandusky, Ottawa, and Seneca counties. This assistance is made possible by a pilot program supported by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Cleveland, and U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ripley.
Services provided include resume-building, interviewing techniques, computer literacy, vocational training, and WSOS will work with area employers to help them understand the benefits of hiring veterans. Supportive services include such assistance as rental and mortgage assistance, utilities assistance, transportation, clothing, food, financial literacy training, life skills, parenting skills, school readiness for children, emergency assistance, and mental health services.
For information on participating in this program, veterans may call James Wagner at (419) 429-8045.

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