Mission of Yellow Ribbon Support Center changing?

By Dan Wells - bio | email

BATAVIA, OH (FOX19) - As its founders feud, the Yellow Ribbon Support Center is trying to expand is role of providing comfort to soldiers here in the Tri-state.

"Our mission hasn't changed," said Keith Maupin, one of the founding members. "Our mission is to raise the moral of the troops serving in harms way."

We told you this week about Carolyn Maupin's decision to leave the Yellow Ribbon Support Center.

Carolyn says the direction of the organization she helped establish with her ex-husband Keith is changing.

For years, the support center provided boxes of goodies sent to troops in Iraq. Now the storefront operation in Clermont County may be headed in a new direction.

"What were trying to do is raise money for a museum, not just for the center, but we want to offer a place where people can put their memorabilia and give these guys a place to come to when they come home and just hang out," said Keith Maupin.

Keith Maupin says after his son, Matt, was brought home from Iraq in April, the center's work of providing hope and care packages continued but also expanded to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

"As far as a museum, I think that its important if we don't do something these people will be forgotten, especially the seven guys in our area that's been killed in Iraq," said Keith. "We want to make sure they're not forgotten, any of them, and the only difference between Matt and those other four soldiers is about four years."

Keith said he already has a location for the museum in mind.

"We were trying to get a place right down the street," he said. "Its got 51 acres on it and lots of woods and its got a house with I don't even know how many rooms in it, but there is a lot and its 197 yeas old."

Carolyn Maupin tells FOX19 she believes the center has lost its mission, but Keith maintains its stronger than ever.

"This is just not about me this was never about me," said Keith. "This is not about any money cause no one here gets paid people come and they help because its what they feel they need to do."

Keith Maupin says he hope to have a more concrete plan for the museum in coming weeks.