ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- President Obama signed legislation today assuring families of fallen troops will be getting death benefits but there are still a number of local vets struggling to put food on their tables.
Donna Ballard's family has served and sacrificed a lot during war times and she's trying to collect food to help those she says deserve our help the most. They only just started collecting non-perishable goods today at the P.A. Peterson Center for Health here in Rockford. Ballard says she noticed a handful of veterans who had almost no food in their homes and weren't going to get any help because of the government shutdown so she went out and bought some food for them but couldn't help but think maybe more needed help too. Ballard says vets are being neglected during the shutdown.
"It makes me sick to my stomach and it breaks my heart," said Ballard. "We have guys out there that are 100 percent disabled that depend on that income and they're not going to have a penny coming in. No food, no rent, no electric bill, cable bill... nothing's going to get paid."
Ballard is collecting the food as part of the Lutheran Social Services of Illinois Legacy Corps. She says if we'd like to help we can drop off food in the Peterson center main entrance.
You can learn more about the Legacy Corps and what they do for local veterans by visiting their website.