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CBC students help local vets

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PASCO, Wash. - Students at Columbia Basin College are working on innovative wayS to help local homeless veterans.

It's all part of an Innovative Program that teaches students to think outside of the box.  Their latest project is working with the Columbia Basin Veteran's Coalition. The coalition has several projects that help local veterans.  Their current project is giving six local vet's a place to live. 

"It's a place where they can go back and get their life back together," said J.C Lomeli, a CBC student.

The students are working with the CBVC to get the vets free transportation and free movies.

"You're giving them a home, your giving them a place to sleep and the same time you're giving them something to do, you're giving them something to think besides the situation they are in," said Lomeli.

Director for CBVC, Steve Gaulke says free transportation is very important for the vet's because this will allow them to apply for jobs, go to school, and feel like a part of the community.

"People that have homeless issues, whether a veteran or not, that's one of the biggest things is having a good supportive system so that they have somebody that cares, that will be there as they are working toward self sufficiency and self determination as they are working for their future," said Gaulke.

Here in the Tri-Cities there are about 80 homeless veteran's in the area but only 6 will be living in this house. As for the CBC students, they will continue administering the house making sure they can get as many free services for the veterans.