UPDATED | May 14, 2016 9:40 PM

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – For years a North Texas man has done his part to help military veterans. Now, he and his family need help of their own.

Randy Brown, operator of the Veterans Thrift Store on Alta Mere Drive, says he has helped veterans for years, but now he’s the one in need.

“All the proceeds we get goes toward supporting veterans,” Randy Brown told his customer as he made change from the cash register and handed it to her.
Brown proudly tells people about dedicating his thrift store earnings to help homeless veterans. Afterall, the retired soldier knows what they’re going through.
“I’ve been homeless,” Brown said. “I’ve been through a lot of struggles from ’88 to 2012. And then when I finally got that money I decided I wanted to do something important.”
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Brown sells donated items and uses the profits to help veterans find housing and jobs. Helping people like a woman who only wanted to be identified as Raquel.  “He was able to help me get employment and use veteran resources to help me get back into the civilian job force,” she said.

But lately Brown has to tell his customers something that breaks his heart. “Unfortunately we may have to close the store at the end of May if we don’t get enough support.”

Brown says soaring rent and falling sales have destroyed his finances. That means he and his family aren’t able to pay the rent, much less offer help to veterans. “We’d been doing pretty good,” said Brown.  “But this last year it’s just been rough. Really rough.”

Brown says he and his wife have spent their life savings and maxed out their credit trying to keep the store afloat. Now, not only is the family facing losing the veterans store at the end of the month – they could also lose their home.

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“That’s it. That’s all we’ve got when we leave here. So, right now we’re in big debt. Right now we need help,” Brown said as he stood in the middle of the store, for what could be one of the last times. “From what I’ve done to help veterans now I need it in return, because I’m about to lose my house.”

Brown is trying to be optimistic and hopes that someone can at least donate a store space long enough for the business to get back on its feet.

Click here to find out more about the Veterans Thrift Store or to make a donation.

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