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Finding Community in VetTogethers

In a series of Q&A’s, IAVA is sharing what #VetsRising means, and is, to our members. Meet Jeremiah Fisher a U.S. Army veteran who resides in Pleasant Hill, Missouri.

What brought you to IAVA?
I really wanted to get connected to other veterans in my area and start helping my community. I looked at the regular VFW, AMVets and American Legion options but none of them really seemed to fit what I was wanting to do. Also, 99% of them were not Iraq or Afghanistan veterans. So I went on a search to find a home where the members understood where I was coming from. I found IAVA!

As a burgeoning local community leader, what do you hope to see this year as you build up IAVA’s presence in the St. Louis area?
I really want to get our VetTogethers going once a month and increase participation with other local leaders to encourage them to host their own VetTogethers. I would love to look at the VetTogether map and see Missouri filled with little black pins every month!

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What’s the best thing you’ve heard from someone since you’ve been involved with IAVA?
I was talking to a veteran of Desert Storm and OIF who was telling me that he was so glad we hosted a VetTogether. He and his wife had not been out in while and finally he felt like this was something he could come to and feel welcome, safe and be around like-minded people. I was highly encouraged by this, knowing exactly where he was coming from. I knew right then that if these community events can help just one veteran each time, they are completely worth my time and effort and I will keep driving on to make sure they happen regularly.

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