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unemployment and homelessness are all problems veterans can face when they come
home from war. That's why the employees
and volunteers at Operation Stand Down Nashville work tireless hours to make
sure veterans get the help they need.
JC Smith has spent most
of his life serving. In 1973 he joined
the army and shipped off to Vietnam when he was only 17 years old.
"Now that I look back on
it, it was the best thing that I d ever done in my life," Smith said.
But things didn't
always seem so bright. He says after two
years on the battlefield he had a hard time returning to life as a civilian.
"I didn't deal with it
as well as a lot [of people] do," Smith said. "I got
into a lot of trouble and it took me a few years to get my life on track."
But with some hard work
and a good support system he did. Now,
he spends his days helping other veterans at as the outreach coordinator for
non-profit Operation Stand Down Nashville.
"I found in Operation
Stand Down a way for my life to have purpose and meaning and giving back what
was given to me," Smith said.
Operation Stand Down Nashville
is a non-profit where veterans can get help managing the problems many former
"They deal with not
having a job, not having employment, financial challenges as well as some
medical and mental issues," said Renee Bobb, assistant veterans center
coordinator. "Some of them are even
started in 1993 as a place where homeless veterans could get a meal and a roof
over their head for a few days. Today,
it's grown to a center that serves some 1,400 veterans every year.
"If they're homeless, we have transitional houses," Bobb
said. "We actually have seven of
those. We provide food, clothing and
shelter as well as employment services to help empower the veteran."
Smith says while a
parade once a year is an honor…for a troubled veteran, a good support system
can be life changing.
You can learn more
about Operation Stand Down Nashville by visiting the Fox Links section of this
Sunday, November 11 2012, 10:25 PM CST
Tishomingo County voters OK beer, alcohol sales
May 22, 2013 23:38 GMT
IUKA, Miss. (AP) -- Tishomingo County is the latest Mississippi jurisdiction to legalize alcohol sales.
Voters approved the sale of liquor, wine and beer Tuesday, reports the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/13JCcix).
It wasn't clear referendums would pass until affidavit ballots were counted Wednesday.
With more than half Tishomingo County's voters casting ballots, legalizing alcohol passed by 42 votes, while legalizing beer and light wine passed by 73. The county borders Alabama and Tennessee.
Lawmakers legalized liquor at a proposed resort at the county's Bay Springs Lake in 2010, but it wasn't built.
Greene County voters legalized beer sales last year, while Corinth, New Albany and Senatobia have legalized alcohol sales under a 2012 law that allows cities to hold votes.
Mississippi has 13 remaining counties that allow no beer or alcohol sales.
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