SAGINAW TOWNSHIP (WJRT) (03/19/17) - It's hard to think of a better reason to bowl than to raise money for veterans. Two-groups joined forces to make sure vets get the services they need.
It Takes a Warrior and Warrior Outdoors hosted a fundraiser at Stardust Lanes in Saginaw Township Sunday afternoon.
"The average person doesn't understand what these vets are going through and that's where we come in to help," said event organizer Brent Mason.
It Takes A Warrior is a Saginaw based non-profit that assists with crisis management that focuses on veterans with Post-Traumatic Street Disorder.
"Raising awareness is the most important thing. We want to make sure people know that we are out there that we are here," said founder Zacahary Jaime.
He says they get veterans the immediate treatment during a crisis scenario and then put them in touch with resources long-term.
"A lot of the problem nowadays is that military members are getting punished for some of their symptoms that they accrue during the service," said Jaime.
Veteran and state director for the Warrior Outdoors, Ryan Hageness, says his group takes veterans fishing, on camping trips and organize sporting events.
It's a way to let them know they're not alone and have some fun while healing.
"Once you leave the service in particular you lose that brotherhood that you feel when you're in we try and rekindle that brotherhood you lose once your out," said Hageness.
It Takes a Warrior veteran hotline: (989) 714-9290