Two organizations host fundraiser for state veterans

Two organizations host fundraiser for state veterans

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The grill was smoking and so were the supporters that came out to The Cigar Shop in Biloxi Saturday, as two groups came together to help our coast veterans that have fallen on hard times.

As event planners say, it's a great time to recognize the need our vets have now that they are civilians, and let them know they're not forgotten.

For many, there's nothing like enjoying a fine cigar with good company. Add in beverages and good Cajun barbecue, it's a definite win. That's why the Crusaders for Veterans hosted this event at The Cigar Shop, all to give back and show support to our state's veterans.

"We've got people out there seeing the need and stepping up. And we love it. That's what it's about," President of Crusaders for Veterans Kevin Cuttill said.

The Crusaders for Veterans partnered with Darren Jones, owner of J Boogie's, and also a veteran. He says he's turned his hobby into a business, all to give back to those who he says may feel forgotten.

"I just saw the opportunity to volunteer and donate some hamburgers and hot dogs, just trying to give back. I know what it's like to be out there in the U.S. Army so it's always good to give back to the community," Jones said,

All proceeds from today's fundraiser will go to veterans across the state who may need help with finding a job, housing or even medical expenses. Those currently serving in the military and those who have retired, say it's nice to see their community's support.

"We love America and with the support of the civilian population coming out and helping us, definitely makes a big difference," Jason Gallo said.

"It's just great to know that the community supports veterans and that they'll have events and fundraise money to help veterans that are in need. Especially after they leave the military and become civilians," Roxanne Cuttill said.

To get involved with upcoming events that help our state's veterans, visit or email the organization as

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