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Salvation Army aiding Tyler vets with Emergency Assistance Program

Its called the Emergency Veterans Assistance Program and the two main goals are to provide housing stability and financial assistance for veterans and their families (Source: KLTV Staff) Its called the Emergency Veterans Assistance Program and the two main goals are to provide housing stability and financial assistance for veterans and their families (Source: KLTV Staff)
Salvation Army officials are encouraging veterans to come in and get an initial screening to find out if they qualify for the program. (Source: KLTV Staff) Salvation Army officials are encouraging veterans to come in and get an initial screening to find out if they qualify for the program. (Source: KLTV Staff)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

The Salvation Army in Tyler recently accepted a $150,000 grant.

Officials say 100 percent of those funds are going directly to homeless veterans and veterans at risk of becoming homeless.

"We see a lot of it in East Texas and we are hoping to really get the word out because we've only had a few people so far inquire about the funding," said Chantel Millin, Salvation Army Community and Corporate Relations Coordinator.

It's called the Emergency Veterans Assistance Program and the two main goals are to provide housing stability and financial assistance for veterans and their families.

According to the East Texas Human Needs Network, 37 percent of East Texas veterans are living below the federal poverty level and 8 percent are homeless.

"It's really heartbreaking...the fact they made the choice to sacrifice their life and when they come back home, they aren't always able to maintain a household," Millin said.

Green Zone Volunteer Coordinator Michael Beck says he sees it every day.

"When they come back they are going through a culture shock," Beck said.

The Green Zone is a peer support group for veterans and Beck says he seen veterans of all ages struggle with homelessness.

"A lot of things that they face isn't always PTSD-related, it's training-related; the way they were trained in the military and how they respond and how they adjust to life is hard," Beck said.

That's where the Salvation Army is hoping to step in.

"Regardless of the reason we try to do our best to bring them back to a point of being stable," Millin said.

Salvation Army officials are encouraging veterans to come in and get an initial screening to find out if they qualify for the program.

Salvation Army officials say, to qualify for the program, veterans must be at or below 100 percent of the Federal Poverty Level and homeless or at risk of losing housing.

For more information or to make an appointment for initial screening, contact Indus McDuff, EVAP Case Manager at 903-592-4361 ext. 77533.

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