Veterans attend resource fair

ALBANY, N.Y. – Local organizations held a resource fair for veterans providing free services and interview tips.

John Dutcher is an army veteran. He served overseas in the 1970s.

“I was a DMZ Border Control in Korea in the 1970s,” he said.

His deployment left him injured and wheelchair bound making it difficult to face reality.

“Yeah, it is difficult,” he said. “You never quite readjust.”

But a brand new event put on by the Veterans Miracle Center provided free services for veterans to help change their outlook.

“When I came here, my mindset wasn’t in a very good place,” Dutcher said. “But when I got here there were so many people here that were so nice and so helpful and just wanted to help and making me feel like there’s people out there that haven’t forgotten me.”

Vendors from around the Capital Region donated clothes, insurance advice and interview tips for free.

“What we’re trying to do here is bless our vets,” Jezreel International General Manager Jim Pratt said. “Take care of our vets with suits clothing, sweatshirts, toiletries, anything they need. We want these guys to know they have a home here with us.”

Cory O’Connor is the Veterans Club President at Jefferson Community College. He said he wanted to help as soon as he heard about the event.

“A lot of these guys come in, and they don’t have an education and now they have no money,” he said. “So I’m hoping that I can change that.”

Dutcher said the event would change his life.

“I’m just very thankful for this,” he said.

The Veterans Miracle Center hopes to unveil a store that can provide these services year round. Anyone interested in volunteering can visit Jezreel International’s website or contact Garry Packer, PR with Jezreel International. 

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