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Iraq Soldier Raises Funds for Fellow Vets

February 24, 2009

Many war veterans return from deployment only to face a lack of basic amenities, such as housing. To help address the situation, a soldier based in Iraq is raising funds to build a Habitat for Humanity house in Evansville. As of Friday morning, more than 13-hundred dollars has been raised, since Army Major Jason Burley’s plan was posted on Habitat Evansville’s website Tuesday. Spokeswoman Lydia Johnson says donations have come from soldiers in Iraq, people from Burley’s home state Minnesota, and from Evansville residents.

“On any given night, we can have 200-thousand homeless veterans across the United States. So it’s definitely an issue and definitely a problem, and I think a lot of people realize that, and they feel like this is something very small that they can do and help at least one family.

The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans estimates there are about 12-hundred veterans without homes in Indiana. It costs 55-thousand dollars to build a Habitat house, and Habitat for Humanity of Evansville has a veteran in mind for the house.

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