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1-16 3:50pm Mike Levy and Gary Mason talk about Operation Homefront.

Jan 16, 2013|

Spud was joined by Mike Levy and Gary Mason of Operation Homefront to talk about their efforts to help Veterans. Find out how to help by logging on to http://www.operationhomefront.net/louisiana/

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Automatically Generated Transcript (may not be 100% accurate)

Joining me in this studio. Gary Mason and Mike Levy from operation homefront Louisiana this is an organ is well. I'll let you tell you about -- no I saw this article about the like the Wally world looking to hire a 100000 vets you guys are looking to help vets coming back. Find work find get back on their feet their compass what business -- that's -- that's. What we do -- probably the our mission is is. It's and more than twofold we do a lot of things but it's a we. Primarily helped deploy eight families. In a person has deployed military personnel goes overseas to defend America. A family loses more than just. A parent or a -- they lose income. Breadwinner. They losing out because the grass they -- to lose a handyman has a lot of times these. Families. -- -- financial hardships they contact us we help with the roof repairs and car repairs and then when they return in Gary can speak to this image returning veterans they have financial difficulties. Now while I mean you talk about somebody who's. Lost the breadwinner or you know so there's a big difference if you're like a a -- terror. A welder assault and and you make 5060 grand a year and -- when you got to deploy overseas you cut back like when he I mean nobody can take that kind of hit. Well the people that we help we're usually the lower and enlisted -- to those guys really don't make a whole lot to begin yeah. But they gonna -- everybody's gonna take a hit I don't know anybody. Who makes more money in the military than they do in civilian life that's -- though so this held across the board would anyone else you don't cut grass than men happen. And also I mean help them find jobs and get back just primarily while there deploy. -- we win they get back -- to that America to get a job in the civilian workforce but we've got all kind of programs we've got programs mean. Overall mission is to help the troops and the families they -- and we hope the troops while they're in the war we have programs to send them supplies. Believe it -- not that are critical to them in completing the mission. Something as simple as -- not school supplies. -- pencils and paper and pencils and paper not ammunition. To cancel overseas. Exactly. Why so -- I mean here's why we tea I deployed to Afghanistan in 2003. And you deploy overseas. To Iraq Afghanistan wherever the military gives you everything you need. To conduct war they -- via uniformed body armor humvees tanks -- everything. But when you travel around these towns and you pull up and meet the local principal the school yet all of them there of the provincial governor. You know and you deliver them some things improve the way of life and show them that your notches there run around with with weapons yeah that you actually care about improving their way of life. It deals report and trust between our troops and their people. And the end result of that is they don't you such as much. Mommy don't we don't hear stories about all least that's. Duffel bags full of money that was supposed to go to this kind of stuff that all disappeared. So I mean it's it's incumbent now upon people like you. To raise money from people like me or whoever's listen and out there and I will give him information about how you can contribute and how you can become involved. But I mean it. Who would think that put it but now that you say that makes a lot of sense it's just that -- I thought that our taxpayer dollars also fond of that kind of well look. Our country and our military. And our government to big bureaucracy now we see that all the time -- the military's part of that and so the military has all the things you need to can conduct regular military operations but those intangible things that you need. To distribute giveaway they don't have warehouses a school supplies and we can get those from our friends and family. But that hammers and toilet -- I mean come on our brand pot or under the I got Gary Mason and Mike Levy from operation homefront Louisiana the web -- its operation homefront dot net. Operation homefront dot net but -- the national organization. If you wanted to donate and you wanna be specific you can you can say you want in the -- chapter and 95 cents on every dollar goes to what you guys who don't tell me the story about the guy in Lafayette well. Recently a a wounded war came -- -- blossoms and he was in the river parishes he came home completely disable unable to work. Married with three children. -- through Chase Bank operation homefront through our homes on the home front. Operation that we do we found a home for him and a very nice neighborhood for he and his family. Completely mortgage -- they can live there the rest of their lives it's it's a wonderful story. -- he basically has has served his country to the point where he can't serve his family he's disabled and you guys stepped up and tonight he has a roof that that is correct for the rest of their lives they own the house and there's lots of things that you guys investors woman that's correct and and again its operation -- dot net. Donate to them and also but that's where you can go well where else can people find out it would they can take advantage of your services or they can provide so all through the web site all things on the way everything they can volunteer to we need volunteers people step up. I do what. Well well when people -- -- roof repairs car repairs we try to get that done by someone donates its services rather than us. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- All right gentlemen thanks so much anything if you like it was gonna keep this website clogged up there forever about it.

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