Since the founding of our republic, our veteran communities have endured and continue to endure innumerable crises of physical and mental health, as well as housing and economic insecurity. And like other vulnerable populations, their crises are amplified by the many impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Luckily for veterans on the SouthCoast, there are organizations like the Veterans Transition House in New Bedford that have done their best to adapt their services with the social distancing strictures needed to also keep the pandemic at bay.

Recently, I was joined on my program by Jim Reid, Executive Director of the Veterans Transition House. The VTH was founded by a group of veterans in 1990 to “provide hope for homeless veterans in a safe, supportive residence, and to assist those who desire to achieve rehabilitation into the community.”

Jim and I discussed the VTH's mission, the impact COVID-19 has had on veterans and the delivery of VTH's services, and its recent expansion and establishment of a new transitional building and a new Outreach Center. You can listen to the full conversation here:

Marcus Ferro is the host of The Marcus Ferro Show airing Saturdays on 1420 WBSM from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Contact him at The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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