(Hendersonville Times-News) After successfully flying hundreds of veterans to Washington, D.C., HonorAir Founder Jeff Miller’s next mission is to assist homeless veterans in Western North Carolina. HonorAir is kicking off Operation Welcome Home at the Asheville-Buncombe Community Christian Ministries’ Veterans Restoration Quarters with the presentation of a $10,000 check on Monday.
The focus of Operation Welcome Home is to raise funds top help veterans train for jobs in the culinary field, green building industry and commercial truck driving, among other fields. “This is all to help them get a skill, make a comfortable living and regain their pride,” Miller said. “We are creating a fund to raise money for that training.”
The Veterans Restoration Quarters at 1329 Tunnel Road in Asheville is a residential program that helps homeless veterans find stability and build personal skills through educational and training opportunities, according to the organization’s website. The ministry also strives to help homeless veterans find dignity, faith and strength.
Displaced veterans make up about 20 percent of all homeless Americans, and the restoration quarters strives to lower that percentage in Western North Carolina, Miller said. More than 240 men reside at the campus, which was once a 125-room motel.
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