SPOKANE, Wash. – A local veteran is getting attention from state officials because he wants to bring a new veterans center to Spokane.

Nick Richardson started a group called Greater Veterans. He is working on a new place for veterans called the EVAC, or Every Veterans Assistance Center.

The EVAC is a place where vets can get financial help and career assistance among other activities.

Richardson is a veteran himself, serving in the U.S. Army from 1999 until 2003.

He met with Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rogers a few weeks ago to gain state support for getting veterans the help they need. He said the center will bring more veterans together, and better options.

“Not every veteran wants to sit and talk to someone,” he said. “Not every vet wants to sit and swallow a bunch of pills to take care of whatever issues they have.”

Richardson said having a blue collar approach to things will allow veterans to help themselves.

“More self service,” he said.

Greater Veterans is working on fundraising efforts to make the EVAC come to life.

Richardson is also reaching out to other avenues, such as country star and fellow veteran Joey James.

“I know how hard it is to go from being a veteran to being back in the real world you know,” James said. “I am really honored to work with Greater Veterans.”

A concert will be held in September to help raise money for the EVAC.