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Mountain Home cemetery work helps keep vets off streets

Rex Barber, NET News Service • Jan 28, 2013 at 4:38 AM

James Barger was working at a local fast food restaurant when he got a stroke of good luck with a job at a cemetery.

This was not just any cemetery, though. It was Mountain Home National Cemetery, where he is a federal employee charged with maintaining a national shrine.

“It’s greatly benefited (me) to be a federal employee and to just serve the veterans that have laid the foundation before myself,” Barger said. “To give back to them is a blessing.”

Barger is one of seven local veterans participating in a program designed to help end veteran homelessness by providing apprenticeships in cemetery caretaking.

Read more at the Johnson City Press.

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