5 Great Things: Grant program to help uplift community, unclaimed veterans given proper burial

5 Great Things: Grant program to help uplift community, unclaimed veterans given proper burial

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - As is customary in the Mid-South, the community is coming together. This time it's to help furloughed and unpaid federal workers through the government shutdown, but there are at least 5 other great things that happened here this week.

Alyiah Wells is the first person from Briarcrest Christian School to be named Gatorade Tennessee Volleyball Player of the Year.

The NAACP, the New Tri-State Defender, and Kroger unveiled a new community grant program called "Uplift the Community." The program was created for businesses and community organizations to apply for up to $10,000 for community improvements.

Dozens of people were in attendance at the West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery to give three military veterans, with no family to claim them, a proper goodbye.

Meantime, veteran Tyler Densford took his first steps in nearly three years since becoming paralyzed in a National Guard training exercise. thanks to the Memphis VA Medical Center donation of an Indego exoskeleton.

Another group of veterans got a second lease in life, avoiding jail for criminal offenses, by graduating from the veterans court program.

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