Passing truck driver helps keep veterans chamber afloat

By SAMANTHA MADISON | The Sentinel, Carlisle, Pa. (MCT) | Published: July 9, 2014

CAMP HILL – The Pa. Veterans Chamber of Commerce and Connections Center opened in November last year, but has hit a financial roadblock that may mean closure.

However, on Monday, a truck driver passing through Harrisburg heard about the center’s challenges and walked into the chamber’s office with a check that will help pay for some of its bills and keep the daily operation going for the month.

Todd Russell, of Massachusetts, is a veteran and heard about the Veterans Connection Center’s financial problems and decided to help, despite not being from the area or having used its services.

Robert Brandt, the president of the organization, said when they opened the Veterans Connection Center, on 36th Street in Camp Hill, the goal was to assist veterans with any of the number of services they may need after coming back to the country. He said that included providing resources for medical assistance, helping them find jobs or start their own businesses, and even provide post traumatic stress disorder seminars.

There were a few months of smooth sailing, then, in April, Brandt said the organization realized there was going to be a problem with the funding. And since then, they have been struggling to make ends meet, asking for assistance from the community to keep the center open and allow them to continue to help the veterans in the Midstate.

Brandt, an Army veteran himself, said they are providing important assistance to the people who have served the United States and hope to continue to do so in the future. If the finances don’t get better, they will have to look into closing the doors.


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