Veterans Center Closes

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

The U.S. Department of Labor decided to give grant money that would normally stay in Eastern Kentucky to centers in larger cities thinking they can help more veterans this way. However, veterans in Eastern Kentucky say now they're left with no help at all.

Vietnam Vet Lon Whitten says he never would have made it on his own.

He is just one of the hundreds of Eastern Kentucky veterans the Volunteers of America staff helped find a job, a home, and health care.

"I just think it's unfair they're taking it away from us here," says Whitten.

Program Manager Wendell Hamilton says they have no choice. The U.S. Department of Labor didn't renew their grant. Without the funding, they can't stay open.

He doesn't have an answer but he's personally calling all of the veterans in all 23 counties to let them know they're closing July 20th.

Veterans can still get help, but they will have to drive to a center in Lexington, Huntington, or Cincinnati. It’s a drive many can't afford.

Whitten says because of this, he believes he and other veterans won't make the trip and will be left on their own. They are sad they can't change a few more.

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