Veterans group needs to raise money fast

CREATED Jan 28, 2014 - UPDATED: Jan 28, 2014

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WEST ALLIS - The Veterans Employment Alliance does so much for veterans. Right now, 19 families need all the help they can get.

Navy veteran Paul Karczewski says a lot of people treat him differently because he doesn’t have a full-time job. To save on money, he lives with his parents in West Allis.

“I don’t think there’s a lot of sympathy from people,” notes Karczewski. “They’re constantly like, shouldn’t you be employed already?”

He, and many other vets get help with career training and job-hunting at the VEA.

“I knew I couldn’t do it on my own. That was the worst part. I had to say and admit that I really did need help,” expresses Karczewski.

Others need help with transitional housing.  But time is running out. The deadline is Friday.

They’ve raised $5,000 so far. They still have to raise $55,000 more, to reach their goal of $60,000 - or some of the vets may be turned away.

C.J. Brown, the VEA founder, and a former homeless veteran, knows how important it is to raise the money.

“In the military, we have a statement: no one will be left behind. And that’s what we live by – no one will be left behind,” says Brown.

Anyone who wants to help can donate in person, at 6610 W. Greenfield Ave. in West Allis, or online at