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New video aimed at helping soldiers

By Brooke Kelley - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Savannah is one of only six cities across the country where the department of Veterans Affairs is launching a new video campaign designed to help our returning service men and women transition into Veteran Affairs services.

The video is only 30 seconds, but it has a strong message.

The video is focused on veterans who are just returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. It is to help inform them of what types of services the VA offers, like benefits for college, health, employment and even buying a home.

We were there as this room full of Veterans saw it for the first time, Kenneth Branham has been using the V. A. since 197, and hopes the younger generation takes advantage of all the benefits.

"They served our country and earned these benefits they need to get the benefits they deserve because all the benefits are good,"said Branham.

After ten years, Curtis Nagy, just made the transition from military to veteran status.

"I've been in charge of a lot of soldiers in my career and I see what happens to a lot of soldiers when they come back and they've got a lot of money in their pockets and they'll go by TV's and video games and and whatever and just sit in their rooms and play video games and watch movies for six months,"said Nagy.

Nagy says the more outreach nationwide the better making ad's like this one extremely important.

"They need to go to the VA and start talking to people about how they feel what they've been doing what they are up too and just keep a constant flow of communication with people they know."

Paul Cordts Commander of Winn Army Hospital on Fort Stewart says they have more than 19,000 soldiers deployed right now and many are starting to come home.

He says it's crucial that young veterans making the transition know what benefits are available.

"It's very important we take care of these soldiers whether they are on active duty or they transition off of active duty to care by the veterans administration,"said Cordts.

For more information on the services offered by the The Department of Veterans Affairs, visit www.va.gov.

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