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Reported by: Susan Parker
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Updated: 12/03/2013 7:30 pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- Robert Hurley is a busy man. On this day, we find him on the Mississippi State University campus talking with student members of the military.

"I really want to help our veterans, our active duty and their family members," Hurley said.

He is now a volunteer family readiness coordinator for the the Northtown Veterans.  Program officials are collaborating with AmeriCorps, an organization that sends thousands of Americans into their communities to offer a variety of volunteer services.

Hurley says there's a host of services out there that can benefit members of the military or their families and they may not be aware of them.

He is among 20 participating in the effort statewide.

Their mission is to also connect veterans and retirees with services that include financial training, resources dealing with military benefits, Veterans Administration online registration, suicide prevention and post traumatic stress disorder treatment.

Reservists Brittany Hall and Corey Turner look to the G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery Center for America's Veterans on the Mississippi State University campus for education assistance among many other services. Even so, they welcome more support in this case from a local volunteer.

"Being in the military, I don't know all these things, and actually having somebody there to be on my side makes me feel as if I can't go wrong," Hall said.

"It's not very easy, but to know there's someone out there that actually cares is considerate of what we do means a lot to me," Turner said.

"Anybody I can help with just basic information — trying to find professional counseling, anything they need — I want to be the go-to guy to help them do it," Hurley said.

"When you've got this number of veterans in Oktibbeha County and Lowndes County and the Golden Triangle area that need the help, I think it will be an excellent service," Center for America's Veterans director Ken McRae said.
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