Local veterans using technology to help their "band of brothers"

Local veterans are using technology and their own personal experiences to help their band of brothers.

When a veteran comes home from duty, the adjustment period can be tough. That’s a hardship many civilians know nothing about.

Kenneth Holmes, a U.S. Army veteran, started FreedomSystem.org for local men and women of the military to put in writing their raw, emotional and sometimes uncomfortable accounts of what really happens in combat.

Holmes believes making this a public online space will bridge the gap between civilian and veteran and help make coming home a little easier. 

“It’s for the veterans to come back and say ‘Hey, you’re not alone,'” says Holmes. “It’s also important that we as a community understand what our veterans are going through.”

Holmes is partnering with the VA Health Center, Church Community Services, WorkOne, Goshen Housing, and many other organizations to hold the first ever “Military Stand Down with a Heart” event.

This free event is Saturday, August 1st at Peddler’s Village in Goshen from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

There will be free food, live entertainment, VA servicers, housing assistance, counseling services, legal assistance and several informational booths for Veterans to walk up to get the help they may need.

For more information on “Military Veteran Stand Down with a Heart” or for more on how to donate or volunteer, just visit FreedomSystem.org or, give Kenneth Holmes a call at 574-383-9329.

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