Homeless veteran's center recieves thousands in a donation

By: Newscenter Sixteen
By: Newscenter Sixteen

The South Bend Airports Bears in the Air program took place for the first time in November of this year, selling over 482 teddy bears.

Some of that money along with the help of donations is now going to help homeless veterans.

The Saint Joseph County Airport Authority Board President presented a $5,000 check to the director of the Robert L. Miller Senior Veteran's Center today.

Director Kent Laudeman said the money will go towards ongoing supplies, food and possibly the internet.

“We are not high tech from within, but maybe that's something we need to think about with helping our veteran's in their job search, going to school and so forth," says Laudeman.

Board president David Sage said he was very excited about giving the donation because the money would go to helping veterans reestablish themselves in life and in their jobs.

"Veterans have sacrificed a lot in what they have done for the country and when they have hit some what Kent called a ‘speed bump’, it's nice to be able to help them get over that speed bump and back to a productive life," says Sage.

Laudeman and Sage took a tour of the veteran’s center. Laudeman said the facility has 24 beds that are almost always filled, a game room, TV room and even a kitchen.

He also said they are always receptive to donations.

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