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Cadet Forms Non-Profit, Helping One Veteran at a Time

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BUFFALO, New York -- A West Point cadet from Buffalo is making a difference at home and across the country. He's on a mission to change the world, by helping one veteran at a time.

James Long Jr., just 22 years old, has set himself a challenging mission. He said he saw a problem where there was an opportunity to make a difference.

While enrolled in the Academy, the Western New York native formed a non-profit organization last spring called Trek for our Troops.

Through mountain climbs, mentorship, and community events, Trek helps veterans transition from military to civilian life -- something that isn't easy.

Long said, "We're dealing with psychological issues, PTSD, drug addictions as they try to cope, physical ailments, and loss of limbs, so there's this desire to say 'what now?' "

Long said he wants to help veterans find their personal missions. Last year, Long climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and helped a veteran who lost both arms get back on the right track at home.

Read more and watch the WIVB news segment

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