Michigan’s homeless veterans will soon have a new home on Grand River Avenue near Warren.
Scores of people gathered to celebrate the center that is being dedicated to helping vets, as reported by WXYZ.
The Michigan Veterans Foundation has helped many homeless veterans get back on their feet. One of these is Frank Fitz, who said he “waited two, three years to move in to somewhere.” Fitz currently works for the foundation.
“It’s our job to take care of the men and women who have taken care of this great nation,” Tyrone Chapman, CEO of Michigan Veterans Foundation, said. “We will be able to take care of more veterans. We will be able to control our operating costs and use more of our dollars toward resources and see to it that the men and women who serve this country get the services they need.”
As reported by FOX 2, Tadzia Stanley, who served as a mechanic in Army, said there was a time when the program had only males; but, over time, female veterans were included as well. “The VA Hospital told me about this program. I went,” Stanley said. “They said we don’t really house women. They opened up their doors for me, provided schooling and now I’m working.”
After returning from the Army, she lost her job and eventually became homeless. “A lot of the jobs that you acquire in the military are not transferable skills to the civilian world or, then, if you get stressed out due to mental disorders, due to the stress of war that makes it even hard,” said Stanley.
“And a lot of times when we come out, we don’t come back to families. Our families have disbanded, some of them have passed while we are serving.”
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