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Untold Stories: A local organization offering a lifeline to our local veterans

Veterans, we have learned, often have a tough time adjusting to civilian life after their years of service in the military.

That’s where Veterans Recovery Resources comes in.

It’s an organization whose mission is to heal wounds that are unseen.

It is an unassuming little building on Spring Hill Avenue, but what happens inside these 4 cement block walls is saving lives.

“Veterans and first responders, we’re the helpers we don’t like to ask for help. So when you’re at that help when you want help, ya got a very small window to get folks help,” said veteran John Kilpatrick.

Kilpatrick talks the talk because he’s walked the walk.. he’s been deployed in the middle east .. serving his country for 32 years…now he’s serving the brothers and sisters who have served right beside him.

“Ya know, a lot of what we do here grew out of my own personal experience, as a combat veteran from desert storm. I struggled like a lot of our veterans do today. I was lucky, I was able to find treatment, and I’ve been sober for a long time now,” said Kilpatrick.

But many cannot find help. So Kilpatrick founded Veterans Recovery Services.

“Part of getting sober is helping the next person. Like that’s the only real way to keep it, is to give it away. A lot of the work we do here is just part of my personal.. just part of what we did. In order for me to keep the life I had, I had to help others find it,” said Kilpatrick.

Kilpatrick has created a lifeline. In the coming months, we will go more in-depth about the services offered here, and introduce you to some of the people who have made the most difficult step—and walked through these doors.

“Veterans and first responders, we’re the helpers we don’t like to ask for help. So when you’re at that help when you want help , ya got a very small window to get folks help,” said Kilpatrick.

We’re are also going to show you the exciting future ahead for veterans’ recovery resources.

“What I found was, people, come to me and say, can you help me, and there was nowhere to go. Nowhere to get treatment. There’s a waiting list. A waiting list at the VA. There’s no treatment center down here,” said Kilpatrick.

If you are a veteran and you need help, reach out to Veterans Recovery Resources– you can reach John Kilpatrick and his team at 866-648-7334.

Article Link: https://mynbc15.com/news/local/untold-stories

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