New Organization to Help Veterans

by Kelly Choate on May 22, 2012 at 9:19 am

Zane State College is preparing for its Memorial Day event.

The school is holding a flag raising ceremony to honor our troops.  The event will feature a 21-gun salute, and the National Guard will raise the flag.  Organizer Michael Ross said he’s seeking out veterans interested in joining a new non-profit organization called Operation Overwatch.

"What we’re trying to do is there’s a lot of community help available to veterans, but nine times out of ten, our young veterans coming home are too proud to utilize it," said Ross.  "Operation Overwatch creates an environment where they don’t have to come for help.  They want to hang out and enjoy the brotherhood that they felt while in the service."

Ross said he expects the program to be successful in Muskingum County, because right now it can be difficult for veterans to find one another in such a rural area.  Muskingum County Sheriff’s Deputy Gary Hargraves said Operation Overwatch will help veterans transition back into civilian life.

"I know when I came back from Afghanistan, we only had about five days to transition back," said Hargraves.  "It was very hard.  It’s still hard even a year later."

The flag raising ceremony will take place at College Hall on May 24th at 10 a.m.  For more information about joining Operation Overwatch, contact Michael Ross at (740) 683-0354 or