BUCHANAN,Va. - On Thursday, organizers at New Freedom Farm in Buchanan hosted a Thanksgiving meal for local veterans.
The meal is the second annual of its kind for the nonprofit. Its purpose is to provide a safe space for veterans who may not have a place to spend the holidays.
Susan Foster, a former officer in the Navy, explained the importance of fellowshipping and having this support system.
“Coming here and being surrounded by other vets who have gone through similar things helps me to know I’m not alone,” Foster said.
The healing process for these vets is thanks to the New Freedom Farm, which specializes in helping those suffering from PTSD, substance abuse and who are struggling with readjustment back to daily life.
One of these vets walked away with more than just a full stomach.Thom Barber walked away with a truck donated to the organization for him.
“They brought me from a bad place,” Barber said. “I was homeless, and an alcoholic, but thanks to the good people here and good friends I have come back.”
The event had a total of 58 veterans in attendance. Organizers hope to fill out the entire barn next year. The ultimate goal is to help the many people who have served.
“Twenty two vets and one active duty member commit suicide a day,” said founder of New Freedom Farm Lois Dawn Fritz.“And my dream is to lower those numbers each day here at New Freedom Farm and here we are making a difference in vets’ lives.”
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