Local veterans lend a helping hand after Hurricane Florence


SPOKANE, Wash. -When disaster strikes, the Veterans Community Response Team is there to help.

For Andy Hail and Matthew Litten, disaster zones are where they feel most at home.

"It gives men like us the opportunity and the hope in life that there is something more we can do," Litten said.

They are part of a team of four that are packing their bags, and heading to Hurricane Florence Wednesday.

The veterans will be working primarily with chainsaws, clearing trees that have fallen and are hazardous to emergency responders.

This is under the "All Hearts and Hands" leadership, a group that helps veterans re-adjust to civilian life after being in combat.

"The veterans provide support for the community, the community provides support for the veterans," Hail said.

These men and women have responded to 11 different missions. A team is currently deployed to the Virgin Islands helping recover from Hurricane Irma.

Hail said it's times like this, they're reminded how fortunate they are to have these skills, to give back.

"It's humbling, it really is truly humbling," Hail said.

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