Volunteers participate in 'Back-A-Vet' program

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - "Sometimes when you get back home, everybody needs a little bit of help and that one act of kindness can be the difference," says Gil Stubbs with Military Police Company Alpha in Lexington.

About 30 people gathered inside the Charles Young Center on Saturday morning to fill 200 backpacks full of supplies. All of them will be given to veterans who come to the Hope Center in Lexington.

Supplies like water, toothbrushes, shaving cream, new socks and other hygiene items were put into the backpacks. Things that most people probably take for granted.

"Self esteem carries individuals a long way," says Casondra Brown, Volunteer Coordinator for Retired & Senior Program. "It allows them to, no matter what their situation is, still feel good about themselves. Being able to say, 'I woke up and took a moment to take pride in myself, my appearance.'"

According to the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, there are at least 250 homeless vets in Lexington and about 2,000 statewide.

That's why the Community Action Council puts on the Back-A-Vet program year-round. People in the community, even current military members, can give back to those who fought for our country.

"It shows the community cares," says Stubbs. "So it's nice to know that people haven't forgotten what you've done and that the community says 'thanks.'"

You can donate to the Back-A-Vet program year-round by going to www.commaction.org

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