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Webb House, Inc. to participate in South Shore Air Show’s charity event

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GARY | Webb House, Inc.’s goal is simple: To help veterans in need. From the time they were formed in 2009, Executive Director Robert Farmer and the rest of Webb House, Inc. have worked toward providing assistance to the men and women who have put their lives on the line during their time in service.

In an effort to continue their mission, Webb House, Inc. has recently decided to participate in South Shore Air Show’s charity event Beach Bash for Regional Charities. Through the partnership, the organization sells tickets and keeps the profit to continue on their mission.

“It is an honor to be a part of Beach Bash, as an organization that supports veterans who have fallen on hard times,” said Farmer. During the South Shore Air Show various branches of the military join together to promote the importance of being a part of the service.

Participation in Beach Bash has also given Webb House, Inc. the opportunity to show their support of TAPS, an organization that provides emotional support and assistance to families of fallen soldiers.

Through donations, Webb House, Inc. renovates and provides housing and psychological assistance to veterans. In 2010, Webb House, Inc. renovated an apartment and turned it into a homeless center for female veterans and dedicated it to the first fallen female marine Sgt. Jeanette Winters, who was from Gary, Indiana. Additionally, donations that are collected are scattered among the Webb Houses in Lake, Porter and La Porte Counties.

According to Farmer, Webb House, Inc. is currently working with other organizations like DAV and the VA, who have shared or similar goals. The organization has also developed relationships with pro athletes to support their cause, many of which who will be attending Beach Bash for Regional Charities

As a small organization based out of Lake County, Ind., Farmer understands the importance of getting out there and partnering when possible to make things happen. In January of 2012, Farmer collaborated with Lake and Porter Counties to work together on establishing a veteran’s court process. This process allows veterans who commit misdemeanors an opportunity to receive psychological medical attention to uncover the underlying cause to their misconduct.

“We try to find out what happened. With these veterans, there are a lot of other factors that may have contributed to them committing the crime. Was it PTSD? We try to find out what could have caused this,” said Farmer.

Farmer believes that, rather than following the traditional punishment of “locking them up and throwing away the key,” the veteran deserves a chance for corrective assistance.

To support Webb House, Inc.’s participation in Beach Bash for Regional Charities, tickets can be purchased by visiting www.southshorecva.com/airshow, or by visiting the Indiana Welcome Center at 7770 Corinne Drive, Hammond, Indiana 46323.

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