TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A non-profit organization is making its way to Tucson, helping out the men and women who risk their lives for ours. This is the first year that the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes is joining forces with El Tour De Tucson to reach as many locals people as possible.
El Tour's start line at Armory Park will serve as a new start for hundreds of local veterans. This Saturday, there will be two Purple Heart recipients pedaling for the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes. The non-profit helps out any veteran who needs it.
In 2008, volunteers helped retired U.S. Marine Corps/U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Liby, when he returned home. Liby's truck was vandalized and the group paid for it to be fixed…no questions asked. "They are a lifesaver. They got us out of a deep hole. They were able to save our family from being out on the streets," Liby said.
Now Salute Heroes wants to help out Tucson veterans in similar situations as Liby.
"It shows that there is someone out there that is willing to help us veterans in a time of need." Liby said. Their organization mission is to try and come in before a veteran ends up homeless.
"When you get out of the military there could be a huge gap between your retirement pay and your regular military pay. We couldn't make our mortgage we couldn't pay our car payment, we couldn't afford food and they were able to help us with that," Liby said.
If you are a Tucson veterans struggling to make ends meet, you can contact them for assistance. The only requirement is that you severed in Iraq or Afghanistan and that you have at least a 30 percent service related disability.
There is more information on the groups Facebook page, check it out here.
Morgan Kyrklund had a chance to speak with Coalition organizers and will be live on KOLD News 13 this morning at 5 a.m.
Follow her on Twitter @MorganTNN for a behind the scenes look.