Hometown Hero makes career out of caring

Published 08/27 2013 04:37PM

Updated 06/16 2015 03:21PM

URBANA -- This Hometown Hero's job is more like a hobby because this veteran is helping other veterans rebuild their lives. When veterans get out of the service, many times they don't know where to turn for help. One of the first places they stop is Brad Gould's office.

"One of the most important things I learned in the Air Force is structure and that everything is done by a team."

From this little office at the Brookens Center, Brad Gould is a one-man team. Gould is the superintendent at the Veterans Assistance Commission. All he needs is a computer and a phone to help veterans do things like file hospital claims, get leads on jobs and get financial assistance if times get too rough.

"It's been rewarding helping people out. I had a guy come in, he said, 'thank you, I have a job now.' Shook my hand. That's the good part of the job."

But, his work with veterans continues when he leaves the office. Gould spent 22-years in the Air Force. Now he's the commander at a VFW Post in Urbana.

"If the veterans don't stick together and stick up for themselves, then all of our benefits will fade away."

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