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Military volunteers giving back at DAV store

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

On Veterans Day, we honor the men and women who have risked their lives for country, and those who've paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Four days a week, Todd Oberg opens up the Disabled American Veterans thrift store. It's a shop that caters to veterans.

"If they're in need of clothing or a little bit of cash for their fuel tanks to get back and forth to work, we provide them with assistance there," said Oberg.

The DAV started after World War I. The Sioux City store is completely volunteer-run.

"We only keep money for operating expenses, we pay no salaries, and we try to turn everything we can for a profit because that money will go back to the veterans," said Steve Dougherty, a retired E4 from the U.S. Air Force.

The local DAV has 360 members who sort through donations and reach out to local veterans, some logging 60 to 70 hours each week.

The money made from the thrift store serves a very important purpose. It's used to drive area veterans to VA clinics in Omaha and Sioux Falls.

"The veterans now are younger guys, just coming back from Afghanistan and Iraq, and a lot of them are having trouble adjusting to jobs in the civilian market," said Dougherty.

Leona Buck has helping out for 12 years. She's now 95 years old, but still loves it. Oberg, a disabled veteran, who's lost some of his hearing abilities, says the operation couldn't go on without these types of efforts. It's not being lost on leaders.

"We're lucky to have these types of organizations. They provide a good service in helping veterans get back to work, get back to their families, and get healthy again," said Dan Lederman, a state senator in South Dakota.

Volunteers from as far away as Spirit Lake give their time.

"Go two hours from their home and then be able to drive them our veterans to and from the hospital, it's just beyond words," said Oberg.

Many of the volunteers are veterans themselves who show that in some ways, a soldier's duty is never done.

If you'd like to volunteer or get involved with the DAV, you can give Oberg a call during regular store hours Wednesday through Saturday at 712-258-8851.

On Wednesday through Friday, the store is open from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. On Saturdays, it's open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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