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Volunteers give back to injured soldiers


There are lots of charities to give to, but for a group of volunteers in Plymouth, there's no greater cause than helping injured soldiers.

"Being a veteran myself and having other family members in the service, it was something natural," says Ken Houin.

For Houin, volunteering for Operation Quiet Comfort was the perfect fit. He served in Germany for two years during the Vietnam War. "I was the next to last draft number called up and I was trained to be a jungle convoy escort military policeman."

He knows the challenges troops face and says this organization was a perfect way to support them. "Away from family, friends, it's a lonely time sometimes."

Operation Quiet Comfort is a national organization that primarily sends packages to injured soldiers.

"It's the first thing they receive when they come into one of the medical units. When you're brought in off the field and you're injured, they're gonna assess your wounds, possibly cut your uniform off, you have nothing," says Houin.

Which is why they send kits packed with an assortment of hygiene items, clothing, pillows, cards and even homemade quilts.

Dianna Weiss has family members serving. She says it's comforting to know people in the states are thinking about the troops. "I think it helps knowing that they're there for a reason and that there's people back home supporting them in every way they can."

She says volunteering for Operation Quiet Comfort has been encouraging for her, even with family serving miles away. "You don't know, you just hope everything is ok over there."

They've all come together for different reasons, but they have the same goal. "Anything I can do to help the veterans, that's my belief, being there, done it, I know what it's all about," says veteran Bob Walls.

While there are volunteers all over the world, Plymouth plays a big part in running Operation Quiet Comfort. It's the home base for packaging and shipping. If you are interested in supporting the cause click here or email the coordinator Jan Houin at janh@operationquietcomfort.com.

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