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CINCINNATI – A 98-year-old former military nurse is just one of the local veterans who've benefited from a home repair campaign run by a local organization.

The nonprofit group People Working Cooperatively (PWC) kicked off the second year of its “Ramp it up for Veterans” campaign Thursday during an event at Fountain Square.

The event was designed to honor "our true American heroes -- the veterans," according to event organizers, who brought in speakers from local veterans groups and the Ohio Department of Veterans Services.

The 5/3 Bank Financial Empowerment Mobile and the VA's Mobile Health Bus were on the Square to offer various financial and health counseling services as well. And all veterans in attendance received a free lunch from Gold Star Chili.

In addition to honoring the vets with a thank you, the PWC turned to the local community, companies and churches to come together to raise $500,000 to give back to our national heroes, such as Anna Fields, a 98-year-old former member of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps combat nurse. The Bond Hill resident was an honored beneficiary of the housing repair services.

Through donations of time, skills and money, the program provides home modifications, repairs and other services to area veterans.

Other companies involved in the campaign include The Home Depot, Fifth Third Bank and Senco Brands, Inc. They attended the kickoff in hopes to help more than 100 veterans who are currently on a waiting list to receive help. 

While she struggled to find words to describe the graciousness of the gift, Fields articulated how important the efforts by PWC were to helping her take care of necessary home repairs.

“A lot of things needed to be done, but I just didn’t have the funds to do it,” she said.

The home where Fields lives with her adult daughter, Paula, was in dire condition. That was until PWC and its army of volunteers decided to donate their time and money to help them out.

People like volunteer David Legg helped answer the family's prayers, Paula Fields said.

Legg, a retired engineer, said what he’s doing pales in comparison to what the people he’s helping have done for him.

“It’s one of the best feelings you can ever get, to help someone who has done things for you,” he said, alluding to the brave men and women who’ve served and sacrificed for their country and the people who call it home.

Anna Fields said the help she has been given is best "thank you" she could ever receive.

“They have been so helpful to me because they have allowed me for the rest of the time I have left to be in my own home,” Anna Fields said.

 

If you would like to help, you can find out more information about the campaign and the organization at the following link: www.pwchomerepairs.org

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9 On Your Side reporter Natasha Williams contributed to this report.

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