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Group raising money to build Lincoln Veteran's Home

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By: Camila Orti

For years now, "Operation Veteran's Encouraging Recovery" has been working to open a Veteran's Home in the capital city. That hope is slowly becoming a reality.

With the finish line within reach, the organization hosted a barbecue fundraiser at Havelock United Methodist church Sunday afternoon. With every meal, a small donation and a small step toward a much larger goal. Once the home is open, it'll house four homeless veteran's struggling to make ends meet.

"It's a pretty simple donation and I get fed really well," Jeff Waphen of Lincoln said.

O.V.E.R. President Don Cramer says the purpose is to help veterans that need that extra push.

"You go do your service for your country then you come back and it's a hard adjustment, and for some people it just gets to be too much," Cramer said.

Years of planning and fundraising are about to pay off. O.V.E.R. members say in a few short months, a donated home near 27th and J streets will be move-in ready. It hasn't been easy. Cramer says the house has needed more than $10,000-worth of repairs, and there's still more to be done.

"I think it's gonna take another $15,000-$20,000 to put a good foundation under that."

The four veterans selected to live in the home will be provided with recovery programs and drug and alcohol counseling if needed.

"That's why we do this, is to maybe make a difference in one life," Cramer said.

Organizers are hoping for a move-in date some time in September. They say today's barbecue raised around $1,000.

To learn more about O.V.E.R. or to donate, click here.

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