Local Vets Still Lacking on Veterans Day

POSTED: Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 5:41pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 2:25pm

El Paso - - An estimated 1,500 homeless vets are living on the streets of El Paso this Veterans Day.

In El Paso, 15% of all homeless people are vets. Nationally, the average jumps to about 25%.

Today we went by an El Paso homeless shelter just for veterans. There are only 20 beds in the Veterans Transitional Living Center in Central El Paso.

Space is limited. But for the homeless veterans who do live there, it's a way to get back on their feet. The shelter director says they serve homeless veterans of all ages. The youngest vet is 23.

They see vets from all different backgrounds of service. But there are still hundreds, if not thousands of homeless veterans in El Paso...

"a lot of our veterans do not like to stay at the shelters. They feel like they're misunderstood. They don't understand the mental illness. PTSD is a big one."

Each veteran at the shelter has their own unique story and situation. Sadly, many homeless veterans do not get the help these veterans are getting.

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