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Real Hero: Christine DeVere - Service to Armed Forces

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KENNEWICK, WA - Courage, bravery, sacrifice. Men and women in the Armed Forces face these challenges daily. But when they leave the military many face those challenges daily. 

One Tri-Cities woman has made it her life mission to help. 

"I'm passionate about helping veterans, because my grandfather is in the Navy, my cousin is a former Marine, a lot of my friends were from the military, and I want to see them succeed and have the same chances as everyone else." says Christine DeVere, Real Hero Award Recipient. 

Christine DeVere is a Real Hero. She has volunteered countless hours working with veterans over the past 6 years. Reaching out to WorkSource, she has developed programs to help our American heroes find jobs after leaving the military. 

"Whenever we have an employer event, she is the single contact that I can call and she is the one that recruits it out and without her it wouldn't be as successful as we are here," says Nick Erickson from WorkSource. 

With veterans unemployment at more than 7%, Christine saw the needs of our veterans not being met in the Columbia Basin and attacked the problem head on, enlisting the help of others along the way. 

Rochelle Pavlin has worked along side Christine and thought her dedication needed to be recognized. So she nominated Christine for the Red Cross Real Hero Award. 

"I've been so impressed with what Christine has done with the veterans here, she called me within days saying hey we need volunteers. We're doing this veterans clinic we are going to have to work on resumes, we're gonna help them with interview skills, and I said yeah sure, sign me up," says Pavlin. 

Without Christine's help many Columbia Basin Veterans would be without a job. 

"They even came in to work with me for a couple of weeks and pretty soon, you know, I'm getting calls and people are interviewing me, with before they weren't," says Sam Horn, Veteran. 

The amazing thing about Christine is she doesn't think of herself as a hero. 

"Honestly I didn't think I did that much and I don't really see myself as a hero," says DeVere. 

But the veterans she has helped along the way would disagree. 

"That she loves us." 

"Cuz she's willing to volunteer her time to help veterans." 

"These guys are coming back today are a lot different than when I came back even, and we've got to help em, and that's what Christine is doing," says Horn. 

In the eyes of our veterans, Christine is a Real Hero.