MANARC Partners with Veterans on Board to Help Local Veterans in Need

(FREDERICKSBURG, VA) MANARC, Borne the Battle, non-profit organization and thrift store established to support veterans in the Greater Fredericksburg region has recently partnered with Veterans on Board.

The support group is designed to offer help to local veterans. Veteran Brad Largent, a Founder of Veterans on Board recognized a need for a support group that would help veterans with their issues.

Largent and three other veterans, Norris Hassell, Jim Doty and Nathaniel Singleton originally started the support group to help local veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression and mental health issues. After starting the group they realized that the local veterans are not receiving the support they need.

“We have found that local veterans are hungry, cold, need a vehicle and even a home to live in. We decided in order to address these veterans mental issues, we need to help with their basic needs as well,” said Largent.

Veterans on Board has created a program called Hire a Hero. The commmunity hires local veterans for their services such as yard work, raking leaves and other various jobs. In return, these veterans get paid a set amount and they can use this money to help pay for their basic needs.

Largent learned that veterans are much more comfortable speaking to other veterans about their issues rather than a doctor. The support group currently consists of 12 to 15 members and about 10 to 15 percent are currently homeless.

The support group is open to all local veterans and meets every Friday at VFW Post 3103 located on 2701 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. For more information on Veterans on Board email, veteranshelpvets@gmail.com

Deborah Franks, CEO and fonder of MANARC has recently become the Executive Director of Veterans on Board and together they have created a partnership to help local veterans in need.

“These Veterans need our help, I have begun offering the veterans an opportunity to donate their time working at the thirft store in exchange for a hot meal and a new outfit or shoes.” said Franks.

Franks welcomes anyone in the community to volunteer their time at the store and continues to accept donated items. “The store is in need of small furniture pieces, they seem to fly out of the store.”

MANARC has received their 501( C ) 3 nonprofit status with the Internal Revenue Service and can provide a receipt for items and funds donated.

CAPTION: Veterans on Board Support Group (Left to Right) Founder, Jim Doty (hat & white shirt), Founder Norris Hassell (hat & back row), Executive Director, Deborah Franks (front & left, Founder Brad Largent (center & blue shirt/hat), Other individuals are participating community members and veterans.
CAPTION: Veterans on Board Support Group (Left to Right) Founder, Jim Doty (hat & white shirt), Founder Norris Hassell (hat & back row), Executive Director, Deborah Franks (front & left), Founder Brad Largent (center & blue shirt/hat), Other individuals are participating community members and veterans.

ABOUT MANARC- BORNE THE BATTLE
MANARC, Borne the Battle has been established as premier a non-profit organization operating on donations with the express purpose of providing funding to local established Veterans organizations to improve the level of Veterans support. MANARC stands for Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force, Reserve and Coast Guard. MANARC thrift store opened it’s doors in September of 2014 with a mission to support Veterans. MANARC’s thrift store is located on 107 William Street. Winter store hours until April 1st are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the first Friday of each month open till 8 p.m. during extended hours. Donations are accepted all hours of operation. For more information on MANARC, visit http://www.manarcgives.org and follow their Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/manarcthriftstore

MANARC CONTACT:
Deborah Franks
manarc2014@gmail.com
540.371.1643

VETERANS ON BOARD CONTACT:
Brad Largent
veteranshelpvets@gmail.com
540.371.5665

MEDIA CONTACT:
Myandi Peterson
Randallpr@hotmail.com
540.872.8350

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