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Palmerton UVO donates to clinic

Published September 02. 2014 04:00PM

Mindful of the sacrifices made by their fellow comrades, the Palmerton United Veterans Organization wants to help homeless veterans return to form.

As such, the PUVO has encouraged residents to donate items, such as shampoos, soaps, toothpaste and toothbrushes, along with any other personal hygiene products.

The items would then be distributed to the VALOR Clinic in Jonas, at the intersection of Route 534 and Jonas Road and Dotters Corner Road, the site of the former Hotel Jonas, which has been unoccupied since last year.

Joe Uhnak, first vice commander of American Legion Post 269, said residents may place items in a drop-off box at the Palmerton Memorial VFW Post 7134, Palmerton, the Country Harvest Family Market, at 572 Delaware Ave. Palmerton, and at Palmerton Borough Hall, 403 Delaware Ave. Palmerton.

"We read (about) it in the newspaper," Uhnak said. "The veterans that need help, we would like to help them."

Ed Moyer, commander of American Legion Post 269, agreed.

"We thought that would be the easiest thing for us to do," Moyer said.

VALOR stands for Veterans Assisted Living Out Reach, a nonprofit charity focused on helping veterans with limited or no access to care get assistance with benefits, and shelter to veterans who, because of health or lack of means, are unable to find or keep shelter of their own.

The mission of the VALOR Clinic is to improve the lives of veterans through free access to coaching and care that will address service-connected conditions, and improve skills for work and life outside of service.

Recently, the clinic has been stung by a series of vandalism incidents since volunteers began renovating the facility in July.

The clinic is going to be a program and shelter for homeless veterans that Army veteran Mark Baylis co-founded with veteran Tony Cross. Each client will go through the program of 90 to 120 days. They will go through counseling and a life skills program, teaching them how to survive on their own, help them get jobs and how to manage a checking account.

The Clinic, locally named the Major Paul Syverson Veterans Sanctuary, will open Oct. 1.

A $150,000 renovation has been possible through the generosity of donations from people and businesses who have come out in a big way to support VALOR.

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