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Nucor House Helps Veteran Overcome Obstacles

It was just last July when the Nucor House opened its doors to veterans in need.
It was just last July when the Nucor House opened its doors to veterans in need.

Warrior Salute and CDS Monarch partnered to make the home in Penfield a reality, and now, one of the first vets to move in is graduating.

"It's pretty exciting. Pretty much all the work that I have done over the last eight months has been leading up to this moment right now," said Jon Stanley.

And right now Jon Stanley can confidently say he has beaten the odds. He served in the Navy in both Iraq and Afghanistan and when he came home, he battled PTSD.

"It was very difficult. Just being outside of a combat theater and coming back to stateside. It's really hard to turn that switch off," said Stanley.

The Nucor House is designed for Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. The people at CDS Monarch say it's a way for them to give back.

"They have their whole lives ahead of them. You know a lot of these young men and women just out of high school went into the military. They really have not had a home or had a job and I felt like it was our obligation to help them regain their lives and go back into their communities," said  Sankar Sewnauth, CEO and President of CDS Monarch.

And that's just what Jon is doing. For this veteran, the Nucor House has him looking at a bright future.

"It makes you even closer. It makes it more of a family. We are already family. Our comradery is unlike any other but it's just amazing," said Stanley.

An amazing experience that landed Jon a full-time job working with adults with developmental disabilities. He also has own apartment; a place where he can officially call home.
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