A Robstown couple who began a national non-profit organization to help veterans who were exposed to toxins, is now opening a new Warrior Support Center next month.
Rosie and LeRoy Torres founded Burn Pits 360 in 2010. However, they wanted to continue helping veterans. For the past year they have worked to open their own support center, which will open its doors in May.
"We feel like we could help save one life by offering and opening the doors to our way heroes," Rosie said.
Think of it as a safe space for veterans. They can visit the center to get support or guidance in a number of areas. Those include case management, claims assistance, and training tailored to a person’s needs. It’s also simply a place for camaraderie.
"There’s a connection that you really can’t find outside of these doors," Rosie said.
LeRoy, who is an army veteran, added, it’s a place where veterans can come to escape reality after facing the challenges of going to war.
"So it’ll be like a place where they can just come, and kind of leave everything behind for awhile and make it a better place for them in their mind as well," LeRoy said.
The center is also complete with a career closet. It provides clothing for veterans trying to get back into the workforce. There’s also a recreation room, an education room, an area to workout, and a computer room.
LeRoy, who was exposed to burn pits when serving, has dealt with many challenges himself, including health problems. But LeRoy says having a Warrior Support Center like this, would have been helpful for him when he returned.
"It’s something that I wish was in place when I first returned from deployment," LeRoy said. "So I know it will be something that will be suitable, and will be a blessing for many."?
The grand opening for the Warrior Support Center is Wednesday, May 2nd, at 10 a.m.
Until then, the Center is taking any donations like books, movies, etc. The Center is also in need of sponsors and volunteers. For more information on how to help, click here.