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Local veteran creates organization to help others

Posted at 9:44 PM, Nov 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-07 22:44:56-05

A need for information is what pushed local veteran Anazia Andrus-Sam and her friend to start an organization that helps veterans in the Lafayette area.

She says many veterans don't know where to turn for basic services. That's something she's hoping to change with her organization, Lafayette Veterans Assisting Others.

Saturday, the organization held a drive-by parade to pass out information and some free food.

"They've made sacrifices for their country and it's time for our country to make sacrifices for our veterans. We put it all on the line to protect our country," said Dale Calhoun, an organizer of the event.

Andrus-Sam served her country for 31 years. After retiring, she got involved with helping others just like herself. One thing she says she noticed was a need in the veteran community. She explained that many veterans didn't know where to turn for basic services. That's something she hopes to change with her organization.

"That was why I teamed up with Veteran Affairs here. To get helpful information. We have veterans who are homeless and that is a shame," Andrus-Sam commented. "They have given the ultimate sacrifice and they're on the streets."

Saturday's event was held at the Northgate Mall. Veterans were able to drive-thru for a packet of information, answers to questions, and also a plate lunch.

"We just want to say 'thank you.' They don't need any identification," said Andrus-Sam. ". We'll show them appreciation for them sacrificing. Thank them for their service. From one veteran to another."

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