OAKLAND (KCBS) – Fighting Back Partnership in Vallejo has served the community for almost two decades, fighting drug abuse and violence, and now it’s expanding by helping veterans who are dealing with the tough economy.

This nonprofit has been a fixture in the Vallejo community, helping residents deal with crime, drugs and other social problems. Now Fighting Back Partnership has added the new VetCorps program that Army reservist Cpl. Daniel Alander will oversee.

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“I know soldiers who used to own their own companies, but with the economy the way that it is, they just needed a helping hand,” said Alander.

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Alander is building a program that will provide counseling, substance abuse treatment, and employment resources for veterans.

“Being that it’s brand new, and I’m just getting started at it I’ve got a lot on my plate,” said Alander. “I’m definitely looking forward to helping as many people as possible.”

VetCorps is a new program that was launched nationwide. Fighting Back’s executive director Tony Pearsall said the VetCorps program in Vallejo is the first in California.

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