Pike County group pulls together to help veterans

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PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - The Grace Fellowship Community Kitchen in Pikeville feeds members of the community for free on the last Tuesday of every month. Recently the workers have been focusing their efforts on helping veterans, a group that workers say is often forgotten.

"Often our veterans is one of those populations in our community that seems to be overlooked, left behind,” said Debby Bailey, Co-pastor at the Grace Fellowship Church.

They work with organizations that focus on helping veterans find jobs. Scotty Morton, a veteran said that he has seen the issues veterans deal with.

"Well when I came here I didn't have a job, I was homeless,” said Morton.

He now works as an outreach specialist and helps veterans find the resources they are looking for. The push to help veterans is not only at the local level.

"Look our veterans have paid the supreme sacrifice for us so we can have our freedom and we owe it to them to provide the best care that we can,” said Rep. John Blanton, 92nd District. "We passed many pieces of legislation this last session.”

Some of those pieces of legislation included staffing for veteran nursing homes and programs that help veterans find a job. Grace Fellowship workers said that it is important to work at the community level too because they can see the change first hand.

"We want to do all we can to help those in need in our community," said Bailey.

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