A 94-year-old WWII Veteran and former POW is helping thousands of Veterans across the country transition into civilian life. Robert “Bud” Shepherd opened a small warehouse in Burlington, North Carolina in 1994, to help 501 (c)(3) non-profit organizations, like schools, churches and daycares. In 2012, Shepherd refocused his attention on Post-9/11 combat wounded Veterans by creating the Veteran Toolbox Program. The goal was to provide free toolboxes to Veterans to help with their transition into civilian life. To date, the REAch Veteran Toolbox Program has shipped more than 8,000 toolboxes to Veterans, which contain about $600 worth of tools. Shepherd, who served as a B-17 tail-gunner in WWII and held as a Prisoner of War says the program is the most satisfying thing he’s ever done in his lifetime. Although Post-9/11 Purple Heart Veterans are priority for the program, all Veterans can apply.