wall raising
Chris Bolt / WAER

Construction began today on a brand new home for Scott Brennen, a disabled veteran of the United States Army who will live in the third Veteran's Home built by Syracuse Habitat for Humanity.  The process of raising the walls began Thursday, with an ultimate goal of completing the home in time for  Christmas. 

Brennen returned from service to a paycheck that was too small to support his family. He explained the process that led him to seek aid from Habitat for Humanity:

New York State’s Department of Labor is trying to help returning veterans turn their military experience into a civilian job.

The city of Syracuse is being reminded that the phrase “support our troops” holds true both on and off the battlefield. Politicians, business owners, and community organizers came together today to discuss veteran unemployment, and the role that the city and local employers can play in solving this problem.

Syracuse veterans will have a chance to get a line on jobs, improve their health, and practice their bowling this Saturday. The V-A sponsored event is geared toward veterans of Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and New Dawn in Iraq and Afghanistan.

One veteran this Memorial Day is sharing his experiences trying to help other Vets get stable housing, medical care or other help.