Homeless Veterans on Mississippi Gulf Coast Get Winter Survival GearBy Rhonda Miller | Published 17 Oct 2012 04:37pm |
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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