Local veteran creates ‘Soldiers of the Shoals’ for community veteran support

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LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. --  We first introduced you to U.S. Army veteran Anthony Ramos on Veterans Day, as he walked 22 miles to raise awareness about veteran suicide.

He said the outpouring of community support that day inspired him to do something else for veterans, so he created the 'Soldiers of the Shoals'  Facebook page so no veteran will ever feel forgotten.

"Every week I'm going to do a spotlight article on a local veteran or local duty serviceman or woman," said Ramos.

Ramos says he thinks it's important that every veteran is honored for their service and commitment to our country, quoting a line from the Soldier's Creed.

"'I will never leave a fallen comrade' and that was instilled in me and I lived by it every day and I will make sure if there's a veteran out there in need, I'm going to make sure I can do what I can to get them what they need," said Ramos.

He says he hopes the page can serve as a place for veterans to connect on a deep level.

"That camaraderie you have in the military is unlike anything. Leaving that camaraderie you have -- it's like something that's left out inside your body, like your heart is missing something. So being able to reconnect with people who've been overseas, who've seen things you've seen, you get to reconnect and it fills up that part of your heart," said Ramos.