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Swansea student and JROTC cadet starts charity to aid US veterans

Swansea, SC (Paul Kirby) - Christian Hall, a 16-year-old cadet staff sergeant at Swansea High School, recently started a charity called Christian's Hope for Vets. As a part of Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church’s youth group, he had participated in a community service event this summer that involved spending time with the Vets at Dorn V.A. Hospital in Columbia. Having an Iraqi war veteran as a stepfather and a Vietnam veteran for a grandfather, the plight of these veterans really hit home for Christian.

According to Christian, many veterans are forgotten, except for a few special veteran-based holidays or Christmas. Christian believes that these men and women are veterans 365 days of a year. With that belief in his heart, he founded Christian's Hope for Vets. His goal is to increase education and outreach for Veterans and honor the sacrifices that they have made.

Christian’s group plans to conduct visits and donate material goods to veteran's homes in SC. They have also chosen four charities that they plan to donate any additional money they raise to. These charities and organizations were chosen based on their level of veteran-focused activities. They include: The SC Patriot Riders (state), Vietnam Veterans Association (state), American Legion Post 6 (local) and the Gary Sinese Foundation (national). Christian hopes that the donations will aid Veterans in need at the local, state, and national levels, and also provide awareness of their sacrifices.

You can check out Christian’s group’s website at: https://amahnken72.wixsite.com/hopeforvets.

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