— Fisher for Nevada (@fisherfornevada) September 9, 2017
Jared Fisher and three of his children arrived to the Military Veterans and First Responders Appreciation Day at Craig Ranch Regional Park in North Las Vegas with bicycles in hand. The kids were there to play some games, see the military trucks and ride bikes in the neighboring skatepark.
Fisher was there to see the military trucks as well, but he also came to the event to hear from some of Nevada’s veterans and first responders as part of a state-wide Listening Tour that he’d launched back in May, when he became the first candidate in 2018 to announce his intention to run for governor of Nevada.
“I have a lot of respect for my brother who served in Germany. I love that my brother cared enough about our country to serve and that our country cared enough about his service to help care for him after his life-threatening accident. I came to the Military Veterans and First Responders Appreciation Day because I wanted to speak to some of Nevada’s servicemen and women and to hear from them firsthand about the issues they’re facing.” – Jared Fisher
Veterans Need to Be Educated about the Free Services Available to Them, Says One Southern Nevadan Veteran
One of the veterans Fisher spoke to was the founder of a local nonprofit and veteran support group. The veteran started the support group in order to help Southern Nevada veterans learn about the services available to them as they transition back into civilian life.
As the vet explained it, many veterans leave the military determined to put the past behind them. They don’t take advantage of the free programs that can help them become—and remain—productive and successful members of their community. Some may be bitter, the veteran theorized, while others may simply be unaware that such programs exist.
“What is one of the of the biggest services available to veterans that they often don’t hear about?” Fisher asked.
“Educational opportunities,” he responded. “And job skills training and medical and tax exemption.”
One example the vet gave was of a WWII soldier who the support group had recently helped secure compensation for injuries he’d sustained in service. It had taken the vet over 70 years to get help because he’d had no idea help was available. It is people like this that the nonprofit founder hopes to reach. He and the other volunteers facilitate weekly meetings and regularly do outreach programs in order to educate veterans on the free programs that they can enroll in to help them attain housing, medical care or education.
Jared was greatly impressed by the nonprofit’s dedication. Though the founder admits it hasn’t been easy to get the word out (“We’re a pebble in the ocean”), he’s happy to help wherever he can.
About Fisher for Nevada: FisherforNevada.com is the official website of the Fisher for Nevada Governor campaign. Jared Fisher is running on a platform that includes a focus on the 3 E’s: Economy, Education and Energy. His mission? Building a Healthy Nevada. Follow the campaign on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for daily updates.