Local Veteran Tries to Help Those Struggling to Return to Normal After Combat

By: Matt Galka Email
By: Matt Galka Email

Moultrie, GA -- May 15, 2012 --

Keith Laseter served in Iraq for Operation Desert Storm. When he got home, things fell apart.

"My path carried me down to drug addiction, attempted suicide, alcohol addiction, landed me in jail, prison, and homeless," said Laseter.

He revealed this while standing in front of a veteran's memorial in Moultrie. He is a Moultrie native and has turned his life around. He is now dedicated to helping veterans who return home and feel as lost as he did.

"We help soldiers transition back into society. Where they feel hopeless, lost, and alone we pick up where the VA left off," Laseter explained.

As co-founder of Bridging the Gap of Georgia, Laseter is committed to helping the 450,000 veterans in the Peach State. Bridging the Gap has a partnership with Microsoft that offers free help with computer skills and resume building to veterans Laseter's back in Moultrie hoping to get community support and one day open up a center there.

"It sounds like a tremendous program, and as much as our soldiers do for us, we should be ready to do something for them," said Cliff Kirbo who's law firm donated to Bridging the Gap.

"My vision is to have a residential center in every city in Georgia. Once we get that gap bridged, we can move on to other states," said Laseter.

To get involved, go to http://www.btg-foundation.org/ for more information.


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  • by US Soldier on May 16, 2012 at 03:54 AM
    Kudos to you sir. I am a veteran as well and I know all to well the burden of war. I did three deployments to Iraq and I am different person now than I left to join 10 years ago. I feel the need as well to provide for veterans and help them connect with the civilian world again. I want to start an organization here in Tallahassee for veterans and I hope that I will get the same support that you have gotten. We as veterans give up so much when we serve and I think it has been taken for granted. Thank you for your service to our great nation and coming home to your community seeking to make a difference!
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