It's not always easy for veterans to transition from the service to civilian life.  Many times they end up homeless.

So on this Veteran's Day, WIOD has teamed up with Catholic Health Services and United Way of Broward County for Operation Fresh Start for Veterans.

Catholic Health Service's Linda Lamers says the reason they got involved is simple, "there is a great need for the veterans in Broward County and Miami-Dade County."

"Mission United can connect a veteran with a home or an apartment, but that's all they have is a roof over their head, and they don't have those items that can make a house feel like a home," stresses United Way of Broward County's Kate Manly. 

No gift is too small to be dropped off at the Harbor Shops Publix located off the 17th Street Causeway and Cordova Road in Fort Lauderdale. 

Some of the items most in need are cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items, dishes and bedding.operation fresh start

Donations will be accepted from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  

This is our second Operation Fresh Start for Veterans.

"It's a great way for people to pay their respects, to pay tribute to the veterans on Veteran's Day while still running errands and things of that nature," says Manly.

Items collected will be added to Welcome Home Kits given to the veterans as they move to their new homes.