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Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at the 117th National Convention of Veterans of Foreign Wars on July 25, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at the 117th National Convention of Veterans of Foreign Wars on July 25, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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With both presidential candidates promising more for veterans, we visit an organization in Philadelphia that's helping them right now.

The Veterans Group offers shelter to homeless vets and also helps connect them with other services they need. The group's executive director is a veteran who used to volunteer at the organization, but decided to make it a career because he wanted to help fellow vets. Here & Now's Alex Ashlock reports.

A POW/MIA flag hangs outside The Veterans Group building in Philadelphia. (Alex Ashlock/Here & Now)
A POW/MIA flag hangs outside The Veterans Group building in Philadelphia. (Alex Ashlock/Here & Now)
Michael DeBlasio, a former Marine who lives in the Veterans Group home. (Alex Ashlock/Here & Now)
Michael DeBlasio, a former Marine who lives in the Veterans Group home. (Alex Ashlock/Here & Now)
Jose Martinez, executive director of The Veterans Group. (Alex Ashlock/Here & Now)
Jose Martinez, executive director of The Veterans Group. (Alex Ashlock/Here & Now)

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Alex Ashlock, Here & Now producer and reporter. He tweets @aashlock.

This segment aired on July 26, 2016.

Alex Ashlock Twitter Producer, Here & Now
Alex Ashlock has been a producer for Here & Now since 2005. He started his WBUR career as senior producer of Morning Edition in 1998.

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