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Coffee shop that supports vets seeks donations

Published On: Mar 14 2013 08:59:07 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 15 2013 01:33:35 PM CDT
MADISON, Wis. -

Dryhootch Madison, a coffee house and resource center for veterans, opened about 10 months ago on Madison's far west side and "re-opened" Thursday to help give the community a better idea of what they're all about.

Organizers call Dryhootch a movement to help veterans reconnect with the community. Its mission is to act as an ally for vets having a tough time transitioning back to civilian life.

Offering vets the use of meeting rooms and a multimedia center, Dryhootch organizers are hoping that their blend of coffee and camaraderie will be the perfect combination for Madison-area vets.

Dryhootch Madison is seeking donations to keep the coffee shop open so veterans can get the help they need, from support groups to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder and resources to help with homelessness.

"When you can communicate about it, that's part of healing -- it promoted healing," said Bob Curry, Dryhootch founder.

Curry said Dryhootch Madison needs about $5,500 a month to pay for just the basics -- rent, utilities and staff.

Calvin Tucker, director of Dryhootch Madison, said it's run 100 percent by donations and he hopes businesses and the public can step up to help with funding.

"We receive no funding from the VA system or the state government. So everything relies on donations to keep this going, and, if anything, the demand in Madison has exceeded what we thought," Tucker said.

Dryhootch hopes to be able to expand beyond Madison and Milwaukee, but organizers said they can only do so with the community's support.

Dryhootch Madison is at 8025 Excelsior Dr. People can find more information about Dryhootch Madison on its Facebook page.

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