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Homeless Veterans on Mississippi Gulf Coast Get Winter Survival Gear

By Rhonda Miller | Published 17 Oct 2012 04:37pm | comments
Army veteran and Biloxi native James Entrekin piles boots and other winter gear on his walker at the Stand Down for Homeless Veterans at the Veterans Administration in Biloxi. Entrekin lived with his daughters in Dallas until they moved. For the past few weeks, he's been living in his car, until he finds housing he can afford on his disablity income.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has set a goal of ending veteran homelessness by 2015.   MPB’s Rhonda Miller reports homeless veterans on the Mississippi Gulf Coast lined up yesterday to get winter survival gear

It has the feel of big picnic at first glance, with music and barbecue. But for the 250 homeless veterans who came by foot, bicycle or old car to the Stand Down at the Veterans Administration in Biloxi, life is no picnic.

Susan Turner is coordinator of Health Care for Homeless Veterans at the VA in Biloxi.

"I think the economy here is one of the major reasons we see a lot of veterans that are 53 to 61, before they start getting their Social Security. They were construction workers, plumbers, electricians and having a hard time finding work."

Homeless veterans picked up backpacks, jackets, hats, boots and blankets. They got medical check-ups, haircuts, food and information on mental health, housing and employment programs.

According to the website for Project Foot, which stands for Families Of Our Troops, there are at least 100,000 homeless veterans in the nation.

Rhonda Miller. MPB News. Biloxi.

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Army veteran and Biloxi native James Entrekin piles boots and other winter gear on his walker at the Stand Down for Homeless Veterans at the Veterans Administration in Biloxi. Entrekin lived with his daughters in Dallas until they moved. For the past few weeks, he's been living in his car, until he finds housing he can afford on his disablity income.


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