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Local community leader honored for public service in Washington, D.C.

Kevin Nordhagen of Omaha, an Army veteran who founded VetHelp1

The Jefferson Awards Foundation honored this year’s most outstanding public service achievers during its annual gala in Washington, D.C. Thursday.

Kevin Nordhagen of Omaha, an Army veteran who founded VetHelp1, was honored during the Jefferson Awards Foundation National Ceremony.

The event, now in its 46th year, celebrates the individuals, organizations, schools and companies creating positive change in their communities and across the country.

Grassroots honorees are nominated by the Jefferson Awards Foundation’s nationwide network of local media partners. Kevin Nordhagen was chosen by FOX 42.

After serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq, Kevin Nordhagen found himself unemployed and homeless.

With the support of family and friends, he was able to get back on his feet.

In 2015, he founded VetHelp1 after seeing that government programs were falling short in supporting veterans in need of housing and employment.

VetHelp1 helps veterans and those diagnosed with PTSD connect with community resources, find financial assistance, and learn job readiness skills. In addition, it is a sanctuary for veterans and has served over 13,000 meals to date.

Kevin’s purpose is to lead by example, demonstrating that one person can make a difference.

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