The SAM Center (Serving Area Military and Veterans) is located in Massillon, Ohio directly next to the American Legion. The SAM Center will be a place for all service persons to find a place where they can be themselves and no one will judge them. The Grand Opening for the SAM Center is planned for May 4, 2015.
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, there are nearly 2.8 billion veterans who served in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Ohio has over 600,00 Veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
As a non-profit organization the SAM Center relies on donations from the public to pay bills and purchase items for service persons. Donations include cash and gift cards, non-perishable goods, baby items and toiletries. The SAM Center is a location to help military service persons get on their feet.
Melissa Seibert, Executive Director, said the SAM Center will have computers and internet connection for service persons to use. Melissa Seibert and her board of directors see the SAM Center as a place where military families can connect with one another and share their stories. Seibert plans to hold a Military Connection Group each month in the basement of the SAM.
The hope for the future is to be able to connect local veterans to local programs that help veterans, like Solid Rock Therapeutic Riding Center, Wags 4 Warriors and other non-profit organizations.