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Stuttering Comic lends hand to local veterans

Published 8:06pm Thursday, November 21, 2013

An area comedian, speaker and writer is continuing to find ways he can help out local veterans.

Jody Fuller recently got together a charitable effort to help out veterans at Bill Nichols State Veterans Home.

“What I did was I decided to have a shoe drive. I’ve got a cousin who works there, and I’m a veteran and still serve,” Fuller said. “I was driving past there a few weeks and thought there was something I could do. As a veteran, if I’m not doing anything, how can I expect other people to?”

Through his followers on Facebook, Fuller called

out to see what he could do, and within three days Fuller had enough money to buy 115 pairs of shoes to send to veterans at Bill Nichols.

“I thought it would be a bigger task than I could handle, but it turned out people were overwhelming generous and wanted to help out,” Fuller said.

Fuller, who is currently in the Army National Guard and did three tours in Iraq while on active duty, had the shoes given out to veterans on Veterans Day of this year with some given out the day after.

“I also thought about what else we could do to support them as it gets cold, and what would be fun to do. So I came conjured up this idea to have an Alabama-Auburn fleece blanket drive prior to the Iron Bowl,” Fuller said. “It’s kind of competitive and fun, but the ultimate winners are the veterans.”

Fuller added he’s been inspired by the response of those who have looked for ways to help veterans through the two drives.

“It’s incredibly inspiring for two reason. One, because you just want to give everything you can to these veterans,” Fuller said. “Second, it’s inspiring to see all the people who wanted to help.”

Those interested can help by sending blankets straight to Bill Nichols State Veterans Home.

He is currently set to open for Jeff Foxworthy at the Auburn Arena on Jan. 23, 2014, as part of the Hudson Family Foundation benefit concert.

For more on Fuller, visit jodyfuller.com or email jody@jodyfuller.com.

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