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Dayton United Way launches program to help veterans

The United Way of the Greater Dayton Area has launched the VetsLink 2-1-1 program for Veterans to connect with resources.

The program will give veterans a chance to connect with federal, state and community services they are eligible for. The right help can quickly become frustrating, confusing and stressful for the vets, United Way officials said, but the program will provide help.

The program is available for free, is confidential and offers 24/7/365 call service. It is staffed by veterans who are ready to help their fellow vets. The staff will help to connect vets with help.

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SRC Inc. is an independent not-for-profit research and development (R&D) company that was a founding partner in the VetsLink 2-1-1 program with a $120,000 challenge grant to encourage others to donate to the program as well as almost $30,000 in donations from its employees, according to a release.

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“We are excited about the opportunity to serve our veterans by establishing VetsLink 2-1-1. Many local businesses, foundations, and individual supporters of our honored military men and women who have served this country stepped up to help us make this a reality,” said J. Thomas Maultsby, President and CEO of the United Way.

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The program serves Montgomery, Greene, Preble, Warren, Butler, Clinton, Clark, Champaign and Madison counties. Vets, their family or caregivers can call the number anytime, day or night.

The program will mark its launch on Nov. 13 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Soin Medical Center in Beavercreek.

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