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Neile's Hometown Heroes: Mary Ligon helps veterans after losing her son

Founder of Coffee Bunker Mary Ligon (KTUL)

The Coffee Bunker is a place for heroes and legends. They're the reason we enjoy freedom, but many of them cannot do the same.

Mary Ligon, founder of the Coffee Bunker, lost her son Daniel after his second tour overseas. He committed suicide at age 24.

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"He went from being very changed to being profoundly disturbed," she said.

She began to pray and reflect on conversations with Daniel, examining how his needs might be the same as others. She eventually came up with a concept -- and then a place.

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"It was connection, it was community," she said. "Being able to fully honor our veterans and support resources."

The Coffee Bunker is both a place for veterans to gather and for them to get help they may need in various areas. Veteran John Hairston says he has seen some people get access to job interviews through the Coffee Bunker.

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Veteran William Patrick, who is now a Coffee Bunker volunteer, says he can help veterans "who are suffering from PTSD, homelessness, (and) family issues."

"Being able to help them knowing that, that's where I was as well at one point in time," Patrick said.

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Ligon knows how important every moment is. That's why she's glad she started the Coffee Bunker.

"I always wonder if Coffee Bunker had been here yesterday, would Daniel have been here today," Ligon said. "And I think how many of them are here today because Coffee Bunker was here for them."

Click here to learn more about Mary Ligon, the Coffee Bunker and the services they offer.

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