Once homeless, one Army vet finds new home

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - An Army veteran in Grand Island now has his own home thanks to a group of Marine veterans.

The past few months have been life-changing for Army veteran Shawn Selph. He was recently diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder, got the help he need and now, thanks to the Marine Corps League, he has his own apartment.

Several marine veterans helped Selph move into his new home.

Selph had been living in a three-quarter home, until he found out about this program through the Veteran Affairs.

He said he never thought a group of Marine veterans would step up to help an Army veteran.

"The VA has always been there for me. They've always worked out really well in helping me out. I was really surprised to find out that the Marine Legion would help me. I thought they'd only help marines. When I found out that they would help me, I was really glad to hear it," said Selph.

Selph is the 30th veteran that the Marine Corps League out of Lincoln has helped find a home. The program, which started in December of 2015, wants veterans from all military branches to know that help is out there.

"There's always going to be that rivalry. We're able to give them the business because we're the Marines, but when it comes down to taking care of the vets, everyone matters, every life matters. That's what the mission is about," said Shon Olson, state commandant for the Marine Corps League.

Now that he has a home and has gone through treatment, Selph is hoping he can find a job and get back to work for the first time in nearly four years.

The Marine Corps League is hoping Selph is the first of many veterans that they can help in the tri-cities.

Olson said they are wanting to open charters in Grand Island and Kearney.

On April 25, they Marine Corps League will be at the Chicken Coop in Grand Island to provide more information about the program and talk to marine veterans that might be interested in the program.

Olson said that even non-military veterans can also help out through donations.

The following are additional ways to receive more information about the Marine Corps League or help out.
Contact Shon Olson at (402) 867-4291 or Corey Ziegenbein at (402) 217-1101. You can also go online, click HERE.