Sen. Thune visits Black Hills to support veterans working as fir - KOTA Territory News

Sen. Thune visits Black Hills to support veterans working as firefighters

U.S. Senator John Thune made a stop in the Black Hills Friday. He's supporting local veterans who work in the Wildfire Mitigation Program.

Veteran crews are assisting the Rapid City Fire Department in clearing 10 acres of trees near Cedar Drive in Rapid City to prevent future wildfires. The program is funded by the BLM community assistance program.

Thune says he supports this program because it serves a dual purpose. "It's all about finding jobs for our veterans who are coming back from serving our country and also serving very worth while cause here and mitigation potential fires," said Thune.
Jacob Ford, who served 14 years in the military, says this type of work makes it easy to move from military to civilian life. "It's kind of a transition from coming from the military into civilian life," said Ford. "I just wasn't very good in college so I heard about this and gave it a shot. "
Senator Thune says he supports continued funding for the program.
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