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Veterans Thank Community

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BILLINGS, Mont. -

It's often a tough transition adjusting to civilian life for some soldiers returning home from combat, but local support is available.

Independence Hall is a transitional home for veterans who are down on their luck. On Monday, veterans hosted an open house to thank the community for helping them get back on their feet. Veteran Jason Haagenson says Independence Hall has helped him kick his addictive habits and find steady work. "It's a great feeling to know there's a community that puts up a place for veterans who are homeless or struggling with addictions where they can come home to every day. They make it feel comfortable here, and it definitely feels like a home," Independence Hall resident, Jason Haagenson said.

Senator Jon Tester and Congressman Steve Daines spoke at Monday's open house. Organizers said Independence Hall can accommodate 20 veterans, and most residents live there for about four to six months.