Founded in 2014, It’s Our Turn, Inc. is a charity recognized as tax-exempt by the IRS under Section 501c3. Its mission is to help local Veterans in need, made possible through donations and the annual Memorial Day Veterans 10k & 5k fundraiser.
“Our Armed Forces go through a lot even after they’ve returned from deployment, and sometimes need a hand up, so now it’s our turn to give back,” says Allen Carsten, head of a Veterans group in Charlotte County. “Those who make it home have scars, and some we can’t see.” As a Veteran himself, Carsten found healing in starting up The Veterans Group at his local church, Deep Creek Community Church. “Reaching out to help another person, there’s great healing in that. That’s what it’s all about.” Composed of men who have served in our Armed Forces, The Veterans Group began visiting homeless Veterans in Charlotte County in late 2013. “It’s about physically and spiritually making a difference in someone’s life who sacrificed and fought for our freedom,” says Carsten.