Veterans are coming home in need of work to take care of their families, and Shelton resident Burke Ross wants to help. \u201cToday\u2019s veterans \u2014 from Iraq and Afghanistan \u2014 face the lack of employment and lack of jobs and inability to put food on the table,\u201d Ross said. \u201cWe [veterans of World War II] were able to get jobs, and people were pretty nice about giving help,\u201d but today that\u2019s not necessarily the case, he said. Ross is part of the Purple Heart organization to help give back. Was injured while serving overseas A veteran of World War II, Ross was in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving overseas at age 18. \u201cI was not much of a hero during the war,\u201d he said. \u201cI was just there and I did my thing.\u201d Now Rosee wants to give back to those veterans who are coming home badly injured. \u201cMost of the Marines were in the Pacific area,\u201d he said. He served in two battles: The Battle of Cape Gloucester and at Peleliu in the Philippines, to recapture the area. That was where he was shot in the leg. \u201cBack in those times, there was no penicillin [and] it took a long time for my wounds to heal,\u201d Ross said. Went from hospital to hospital From Peleliu, after being injured he was sent from military hospital to military hospital. When it came time to decide if he should be sent back to battle or to be discharged, Ross was sent to a hospital on Long Island. \u201cI had a couple of operations there\u201d for a bone infection, he said. Ross then had another operation \u201cto try to put the nerves back together again,\u201d but it didn\u2019t work. Enlisted in the military at 17 Ross was born and raised in Greenwich, joining the Marines at 17. When he returned from battle, he found that Greenwich was a very expensive place to live, so for a time he lived in Bridgeport and Fairfield, eventually settling in Shelton. \u201cI started in the Combat Wounded Veterans Military Order of the Purple Heart organization in 1987 [or] 1988, and I\u2019ve been doing that ever since,\u201d Ross said. \u201cIt\u2019s the only truly combat-wounded group.\u201d He said he joined the group after his family was taken care of, and his children were grown. \u201cI was just a grunt\u201d during service time, Ross said. \u201cI thought that when I came back I could help some of the guys who had it a lot worse than I did.\u201d Gift card donations According to the organization\u2019s website, \u201cthe Purple Heart is an American decoration \u2014 the oldest military decoration in the world in present use and the first American award made available to the common soldier.\u201d Currently, the organization is collecting $25 gift cards to donate to veterans. \u201cTwenty-five dollars doesn\u2019t buy much, but at least it is a help that we can afford,\u201d Ross said. \u201cThat is a joy, to know that you were able to help someone else.\u201d To help the organization by making a donation or to volunteer your time to help with the website, visit ctveterans.org\/mophct\/Home.html.