CAIRO, Ga. (WALB) - Each month, WALB and Montlick and Associates take time to spotlight the military “Heroes Among Us.”
DogTagSS (Dog Tag Support System) is a veteran resource center in Cairo.
The nonprofit helps veterans who are homeless or on the verge of homelessness.
The center provides clothes, food, and even monetary help with bills for those who bravely served our country.
DogTagSS CEO Pat Christopher said veteran homelessness is more common in South Georgia than many people realize.
“Pretty much, a hidden problem,” Christopher said. “These guys like to lay low. They like to be to themselves. They’ve basically fallen out of society.”
The center includes a thrift store that is overflowing with donations.
Anyone can shop or donate.
The money goes to help veterans in Southwest Georgia.
"Whether it be homelessness, hungry, high electric bill that they need help with, things like that," Christopher said. "If we can be proactive on that in that area, we can prevent a lot of the homelessness in our South Georgia area."
The items donated can help too.
If a veteran needs clothes, he or she can come in and pick items out off the rack.
"They put their lives on the line and they deserve every little bit of help and respect we can give them," he said.
The DogTagSS volunteers do what they can to find those who may be struggling.
"We actually go out and take care packages to homeless camps, so that's where we find a lot of the veterans," Christopher explained.
They deliver more than 100 care packages every year, and Christopher said the response is worth it.
“Many of them, when they find out they’re getting the help that they ask for, they cry. They weep with joy,” he said. “We can do the things we do with the freedom we have because we’ve got the men and women of the military watching our backs all over the world.”
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