Veterans Helping Veterans Gives A ‘Hand Up' To Vets

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Recent conflicts involving the U.S., including the war in Iraq, have left some veterans of U.S. military services with disabilities and the need for help.

Veterans Helping Veterans is a Payson-based organization dedicated to serving in-need veterans regardless of age or where and when they served.

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Getting the job done, these veterans are helping other veterans by re-roofing the disabled veterans home in Payson. Ed Walin hands James Oldman another shingle to position on the roof. Also assisting with the project were Grant Kepp and Travis Hillery, using nail guns to secure the shingles.

Misti Isley DeCaire has been running the home for vets in Payson for 13 years, first with her partner, who sold her part of the home to DeCaire in January, and now on her own, with the help of her husband, Greg, and her son, Edward Andrews.

"This is not a handout we are giving vets here," she said. "It's a hand up to help them get themselves back on their feet."

DeCaire opened a center in Heber this year and said that getting the facility going would help vets in that area to improve their lives. It would also give homeless vets a place to stay.

"We've bought 20 acres in Heber and right now we have 12 trailers at this time waiting to be put on it," she said.

DeCaire said they have another five acres in a different location in Heber they can use as well.

DeCaire said they also have a PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) program that meets on Thursdays. They offer personal counseling on Thursdays to vets, as well.

She said they have been doing the PTSD program in Payson for months now and they are planning to expand the program to the facility in Heber when it is opened.

Vets Helping Vets

Founded: 1994

Contact and donation information: Donations may be made at Compass Bank through their Veterans Helping Veterans account or directly to Misti DeCaire at Veterans Helping Veterans, 212 W. Wade Lane, Payson, AZ 85541.

Group's purpose: To serve the community's veterans in need.

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