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Veterans agencies reach out to former service members in need

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It can be difficult for some veterans to get to Dorn VA Medical Center, so Wednesday, veterans agencies went to those in need.

SC Home Front brought various agencies who help veterans find jobs, homes, medical care and other services together at Transitions in downtown Columbia.

"We've basically moved a lot of the VA here today with us and Transitions," said United Way Senior Director Jennifer Moore.

The event was part of the Department of Veterans Affairs initiative to end homelessness among veterans.

"The purpose of being here today is to get the word out that Dorn VA is committed to ending homelessness," said Dorn VA Medical Center Associate Director David Omura. "We're reaching out to letting the community know we want to partner with all agencies to provide the best care possible."

Guests received lunch provided by the Columbia Fire Department, then they could talk to representatives from agencies like the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce.

Army veteran and Sumter native Jacob Wilson was hoping they could help him find a job.

"I would love to go back to work," he said.

"We want to make sure that we're accessible," said Omura.

"There's a lot of homeless veterans out there. It would be a good thing for them to come in and explore some of these advantages that we have," said Wilson.

If you need help, call Dorn VA at (803)-776-4000, call the national hotline at 877-424-3838 or click here.

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