Area organizations coordinate veterans fair to say “thank you” to war heroes

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James Faith is a veteran of not one, but two military conflicts.
 
“I was in the Marine Corps from December of ’44 to August of 1946,” said veteran James Faith.
 
During that time, he saw action in the Pacific Theater of World War II. Less than a decade later, he would answer the call a second time for our nation.
 
 
“In september of 1950, they flew us to Korea,” said Faith.
 
Today, Faith lives in Nevada, the town he calls home. And Friday, he got to take part in a unique event.
 
“We’re having a veterans fair,” said event organizer Darlene Tweten.
 
Darlene Tweten says the idea is simple: Get as many of the veterans needs taken care of as possible.
 
“A lot of veterans won’t ask for help, and some of them don’t like to tell their story. But, we try to get them to come and take and take advantage of things like this that the Elks, the VFW does, and The American Legion does,” Tweten explained.
 
So, along with a bowl of chili, veterans were given a chance to speak with representatives from the V.A., the Salvation Army, and maybe even land a job.
 
And then, there’s their physical needs. Teams were on-hand from Nevada Regional Medical Center to make sure the veterans were in top physical condition. As for why Veterans Day, Tweten says they choose Friday because of its significance.
 
“It can be done any time, but Veterans Day everybody is aware of what day it is,” Tweten explained.
 
Faith says he’s glad to have come to the Nevada Elks Lodge for the day, and hopes more of his fellow veterans will come with him next year, and together they can find the help that they need.
 
“I think that’s a good idea, because i don’t like to go to the doctor either,” Faith laughed.
 
Organizers are already looking at ways to expand the fair for next year.

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