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El Paso County to help host food and blanket drive for veterans

El Paso County to help host food and...

EL PASO, TEXAS - El Paso County is joining forces with the El Paso Veterans and Riders Association (VRA) to make this holiday season a little easier for those who served.

They are holding food drives and blanket drives until December 20th. This is the fourth year for the food drive and the second year for the blanket drive.

These events look to help homeless veterans, but it doesn't just stop there.

"We've got to be there for everybody. Our priority has and always will be veterans, but our veterans also want to share what they have with the rest of the people in the community," VRA president Darrell Mond said.

Mond said he's been encouraged by the way the El Paso community comes together to help veterans.

"There's 80,000 veterans and retirees in El Paso, and some are struggling. It's really an awesome feeling that other veterans unite and help each other out," Mond said.

County Commissioner Carlos Leon came up with idea for the blanket drive last year.

"Some veterans are in worse shape than others," Leon said. "They're paying the price and they will pay the price for the rest of their lives. Some of them are unable to work and need all the help we can give them."

Thaddaeus Caldwell served in the military for nearly 19 years. He's seen first-hand how support from the VRA can help provide a much needed boost.

"I talked to the Darrell and the EPVRA and they helped me out with food," Caldwell said. "Now I'm a part of them to help other veterans. The care I've gotten, and how I've been taken care of -- we can help other ones."

Those interested in donating can call Darrell Mond at (915)-790-3930.

"Twenty-two veterans a day are committing suicide, and many are homeless. Thousands of them are homeless or hungry and our goal is -- if we can't fix the whole population -- at least we can do the best thing for our fellow veterans in El Paso," Mond said. 

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