(WTNH) — Connecticut native and U.S. Army veteran Justin Nash founded his organization, Til Duty is Done, last year. Since then, Til Duty is Done has been helping veterans find success and regain stability.
Veteran Ryan Fleming is one of the first to benefit from their services.
“I was hit by two separate IED’s. One was a motorcycle bomb, and one was an IED where I was hit while I was inside a vehicle,” said Fleming.
Fleming served in the army from 2005 to 2013. He spent one year in Afghanistan in 2010. Home for four years now, his fight to survive still rages on.
“I fractured a few bones, traumatic brain injury. I was awarded two purple hearts, vision loss, hearing loss. There’s a long list,” said Fleming.
Til Duty is Done says their main goal is to help veterans obtain the basic needs, like food, clothing and shelter. They also offer support groups, special events, and programs designed specifically for vets and their families.
“We’re creating a program, it’s a community based program, where we have a mentor or case manager, but we’re calling him a squad leader,” said Nash.
It’s a program that Fleming says works.
“I almost gave up. I didn’t feel worthy of doing anything. So, me fixing myself and having a program like Til Duty is Done made it 10 times easier,” said Fleming.
Til Duty is Done hopes to help thousands of veterans all across New England.
“The primary mission of Til Duty is Done is to provide safe and secure housing for veterans while in transition,” said Nash.
Corey Nash, Justin’s brother, has also joined in the mission. The duo has plans to open a housing facility to help vets during their transition out of the service.
“It’s all in the planning phase right now. We’re looking for a proper facility. We’re targeting existing buildings so we can return something to the community, wherever it might be,” said Corey.
Right now they’re looking at Hartford and Norwich as potential locations for the housing facility. They are also hoping to find a historic building they can rehab. In the meantime, they are helping some vets with housing issues on a smaller level.
Operation Desert Storm Veteran Ryan Fordham spent months living on the streets and more than a dace addicted to pain medications.
“I’ve been in and out of programs for the past 15 years. I just got out of a 3 year program where they just open the door and send me on my way with no support,” said Fordham.
Thanks Til Duty is Done, his apartment is now furnished. He also has renewed hope.
“In the last two months they’ve helped furnish my apartment, they’ve helped me with transportation, getting back into school,” said Fordham.
For vets everywhere, the impacts of serving their country can last a lifetime. Thanks Til Duty is Done, so can the support to help them through it.
“I want them to be here and I want them to know they have someone who cares about them,” said Corey.
“I can see the end. I got goals. They set goals for me, so, it’s been a great organization for me. What they’ve done for me is give me hope, which, it’s been a long time,” said Fleming.