Augusta's Veterans Curation Project has helped many wounded warriors get back to work. (WRDW-TV / June 28, 2011)
News 12 at 6 o'clock / Tuesday, June 28, 2011
AUGUSTA,Ga. -- Their job is to help veterans find jobs, but they might soon find themselves in the unemployment line, too. The stimulus funding for Augusta's Veterans Curation Project is drying up.
"Some people are concerned it is not always going to the right place," said Shane Seitz with the Veterans Curation Project. "I can tell you the stimulus money that came into the VCP went to the right place, and it made a tremendous difference in the community."
The VCP helps put wounded warriors back to work.
"It is one of my dream jobs," Seitz said. "A full-time job in archeology and being able to help veterans."
The program helps veterans like Kinga Kiss-Johnson. She was able to learn skills that helped her land a job archiving at the King Center in Atlanta.
"It is like a stepping stone," Kiss-Johnson said. "This program has to go on for future soldiers because it puts the soldiers back into civilian life."
Jim Lorraine, director of the CSRA Wounded Warrior Care Project, feels the country should invest in the VCP because it's a pilot program that has proven itself.
"Especially in a day when veteran's unemployment is twice that of the national average," Lorraine said.
Seitz and Kiss-Johnson are both supporters of the program.
"It really gave myself and my family a future," Kiss-Johnson said. "It really did."
The Veterans Curation Project Act is officially labeled as HR 2370 and was introduced last week by Congressman John Barrow.
"We owe no greater debt as citizens than the debt we owe to the veterans who have fought for our freedoms," Barrow said. "That is why I am working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to see that this worthy program receives the support it rightly deserves."