By Philippe Djegal - email
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Our troops have been fighting for America's freedom, protecting the homeland for centuries, and yet, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, more than 25 percent of America's homeless population are veterans.
According to the Salvation Army in Tyler, dozens of veterans stop by the organization seeking shelter and food. But, Salvation Army representatives say the most important thing for vets to do is speak with a councilor familiar with veterans issues. Some vets can get disability benefits through the Veterans Administration. Also, the new GI Bill provides veterans a great opportunity to go to school for either a very low cost, or no cost at all, and pick a trade that will eventually land them a job.
For more information on the issue of homeless veterans, visit www.nchv.org. The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans lays out the facts and figures of just how big the problem is, and what you can do to help.