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Local veterans and CaringWorks CEO discuss the challenges, resources and support for Georgia vets

On the Nov. 11 edition of “Closer Look,” in honor of Veterans Day, program host Rose Scott talked with several guests about the state of veterans in Georgia, the unique challenges veterans sometimes face and the local resources and support available to help veterans.
On the Nov. 11 edition of “Closer Look,” in honor of Veterans Day, program host Rose Scott talked with several guests about the state of veterans in Georgia, the unique challenges veterans sometimes face and the local resources and support available to help veterans.
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Veterans Day, which was originally known as Armistice Day, dates back to 1919, when President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed it as a day to celebrate the heroism of the people who served in World War I, one year after the war ended.

On Thursday’s edition of “Closer Look,” in honor of Veterans Day, program host Rose Scott talked with several guests about the state of veterans in Georgia, the unique challenges veterans sometimes face and the local resources and support available to help veterans.

(Clockwise from top left) CaringWorks CEO Carol Collard, Navy veteran Dr. Amy Stevens, Vietnam veteran Clarence “Clyde” Romero Jr. and author Colin P. Cahoon. COURTESY PHOTO

Dr. Carol Collard, the CEO of CaringWorks, first talked with program host Rose Scott about the difficulty in collecting the exact number of veterans experiencing homelessness but says it’s projected that at least 762 veterans in Georgia are unsheltered and out of that number 191 are based in metro Atlanta. Collard also talked about how mental health illnesses and addiction are sometimes contributing factors to veterans experiencing homelessness and shared details about what CaringWorks is doing to combat homeless for metro Atlanta veterans.

Rose then talked with Navy veteran Dr. Amy Stevens about her experience serving in the U.S. Navy. Stevens also discusses the unique challenges women veterans face and why she created the Facebook group Georgia Military Women.

Lastly, “Mended Wings: The Vietnam War Experience Through the Eyes of Ten American Purple Heart Helicopter Pilots,” is a 10-chapter book that chronicles the lives of Vietnam War veterans. The book’s author Colin P. Cahoon and Vietnam veteran Clarence “Clyde” Romero Jr., who is profiled in the book, talk with Rose about their years of service and what Veterans Day means to them.

To listen to the full conversation, click the audio player above.