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Local veteran relief group making national impact

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

"They fought for our house, now let's fight for theirs.'"

That's the motto of the group, Veterans Matter.

Veterans Matter" is a group that helps homeless veterans find homes.

The group started in Toledo and has now taken its mission across the country.

A fundraiser concert for "Veterans Matter" was held Sunday at Forresters on the River at the Docks in east Toledo.

This has turned into an amazing cause by a group still getting off the ground.

"And we want to take care of them because they took care of us," said event organizer Lavonne Kujawa.

Nationally, the group has helped 202 veterans find homes.

Locally, the number is 62.

Support comes from celebrities like John Mellancamp, Kid Rock and Mitch Albom.

"I don't think a lot of people realize how close they are to the streets," said Marine Corp veteran John Markowski, who says he ended up homeless because of some bad decisions.

But "Veterans Matter" put a roof over his head.

"I've been in the same place for two years in May. I feel real blessed. I've come a long way. A lot of things have improved," said John.

Donations from the concert provides seed money for vets to apply for rent deposits.

"We partner with the VA and HUD. That's the best way to do it. We can leverage money for our $600 that we might provide for the deposit and that leads to the deposit that will help them long-term," said Ken Leslie of "Veterans Matters."

For more information, or to help, visit www.veteransmatter.org.

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