A national non-profit has opened up shop in Overland Park to help local vets.
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - As the U.S. prepares to bring thousands of troops home by the end of next year, many of these service members will find themselves without a civilian job.
A national nonprofit called Operation Homefront recently opened up a field office in Overland Park to provide assistance to those who served. To qualify, veterans must have served between September 11, 2001 to the present. This includes active duty, reserve or guard members. The assistance is available to their family members, as well. Paul Cupach is in charge of the new field office in Overland Park that serves both Kansas and Missouri. He spends his time helping vets with rent, utilities and even groceries. "We try and sustain the vet. We don't provide continuous payment to them so they're not going out and taking care of themselves," he said. "They learn to take care of themselves as well." Cupach doesn't even have an office. He goes out to the service member and sponsors himself, which keeps costs down. "So for every dollar that is donated in kind or is contributed, 94 percent of that goes right back out and helps the vet," he explained.
For Josh Evans, a single dad and Marine veteran, Operation Homefront was a lifesaver. Cupach was able to get Evans and his son, Ty, an apartment for the next year. "Pride is one thing, but if you have kids or even yourself, I mean, you can't live in your truck or car," Evans said.
For more information on how you can help, go to www.operationhomefront.net