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Community joins together to support local veterans group

WNYT Staff
Created: November 14, 2019 08:14 AM

One community is coming together and showing an outpouring of support for a veterans group that was on the brink of closing.

NewsChannel 13 first reported the story on Veterans Day. Since the story aired, the group Mountains to Miracles in Montgomery County has seen more volunteers and has received more funding.     

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The organization was founded by Paul Dubois and his brother Tim in 2012. The idea was to help veterans with some paperwork and make sure they got to doctor's appointments, but it turned into much more than they expected. Soon, the brothers were handling suicidal calls in the middle of the night and basic necessities for veterans like the need for electricity or heating oil.  

When community members heard the organization was in trouble, donations started to flood in.

One woman and her mother called to pay off a $2,000 electric bill for one veteran. The heating oil bill for one grandfather and his four grandchildren has also been paid.

“Right now we have 31 open cases that we haven’t been able to handle because of a lack of money and volunteers,” said CEO Paul DuBois

“He does so much. He gets calls in the middle of the night and 24 hours a day he is available, but he needs resources,” said Robin Sise.

Another person said she was moved to volunteer because her husband, a veteran, committed suicide. She wants to be on that line to help others who are on the brink.

The Knights of Columbus are pledging money and time to run fundraisers for the group.

DuBois continues to get calls offering support. On Wednesday, he received a $1200 donation and someone has offered to pay off the car insurance on the van that he uses to respond to calls.


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