DOOR COUNTY, Wis. (WFRV) – A local program is broadening its horizon and supporting veterans who are in need of a helping hand.
According to a release, Adopt A Soldier-Door County originally focuses on the needs of men and women currently serving in the armed forces from Door and Kewaunee County. Now, they want to help those who have already served.
In 2008, Nancy Hutchinson says she started the group for a student at Sevastopol High School who had joined the Marines. This student was Matt Olson, a friend of one of Nancy’s children who acted like a third son.
The family says they began sending him regular “care packages” of wished-for and needed items. After this, Adopt A Soldier-Door County was born.
Now, they are providing a helping hand to veterans who have financial and medical needs and home repairs.
The program recently helped replace water and sewer lines and installed a new roof for a World War II veteran. Organizers say the family needed a little help because the veteran’s wife is disabled.
Just last month, organizers say they provided a new furnace and new siding for a disabled younger veteran with a wife and child.