A new thrift store has opened in Arlington, Texas – and it has a mission greater than supplying shoppers with second-hand finds. This store is in business to serve the needs of others – a rare find in today’s profit motivated business world.The second-hand store was founded by Randolph Brown, a Vietnam veteran who wants to help other vets in the area, both by employing them at the shop and donating to their cause with profits from the store.
Brown ended his career with the military in 1988. When he returned to civilian life, he found that there was no job waiting for him and that he was unprepared to search for employment. At the same time, he struggled to get approval for veterans’ disability benefits. Years later, Brown now wants to help other veterans find success after service. He hopes that the money raised from the thrift store will go to Veterans Administration services, education services, housing, counseling, and other veterans programs.
Those who wish to volunteer at the store or to help establish the thrift store business should contact the shop and help make a difference. Brown is ready and willing to put anyone to work who shares his passion for helping veterans.
The Arlington Veterans Thrift Store is located at 1304 West Arkansas Lane in Arlington, Texas. It is open from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday though Friday and until 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
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by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.