Monday, December 31, 2007

Veterans speak about hardships

December 29, 2007

50 veterans got their message across to various representatives of some of the presidential candidates yesterday evening: Put veterans first. An intimate group of more than 50 veterans joined together at the Holiday Inn in Des Moines, Iowa to hear different speakers describing the plight of homeless and mentally ill veterans.
Marine veteran, Ken Dohmen spoke about his work with veterans through the Central Iowa Shelter & Services, a homeless shelter. Dohmen said CISS accepts anyone older than 18, but that veterans make up about 30 percent of the individuals the shelter takes in. Dohmen's business card states "preserving human dignity."

Dohmen said he served during the Vietnam War and participated in evacuations from Cambodia.

(footage and narrative by Heather)

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