Homeless Veterans


Time-Lapse Video Of Homeless Veteran's Transformation Goes Viral (Video)

Time-lapse video of a once-homeless veteran undergoing a physical transformation has gone viral, garnering more than one million hits in just two days.

The video is a fundraising tool for Dégagé Ministries. The non-profit, Christian organization provides help to the homeless.

The man who is the focus of the video, U.S. Army veteran Jim Wolf, was homeless and plagued by alcoholism when the footage was shot. According to Dégagé ...

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Women Veterans Have Unique Needs After Leaving The Service (Video)

There are an estimated 1.8 million female veterans in the United States right now. Roughly 25,000 of them live in San Diego County. Women leaving the service have unique needs, and the Department of Veterans Affairs is working to keep up with those challenges.

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When veteran Tara Wise needs to let go of the stress of her hectic day, she heads ...

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Homeless Veteran Reunites With Dog Missing Two Months (Video)

Homeless U.S. Army veteran Rusty Reed lost his best friend in the world this summer, when his dog Timber ran away during a camping trip in Utah. Through the power of the internet, and the devotion of friends, Rusty and Timber were recently united.

According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, an estimated 130,000 and 200,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. Homeless vets make ...

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Amazon Donating Kindles To Wounded Warriors For Veterans Day

Amazon is donating 2,000 Kindles to wounded warriors across the country, with 150 of the reading devices going to injured service members and their families in Oceanside.

Representatives from the online retailer will be at the Operation Homefront Village in Oceanside on Thursday morning to hand out the Kindles.

Operation Homefront Village gives injured veterans recently discharged from service a place to live, emotional support, and help with finding ...

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Veterans Village San Diego Seeks Permanent Housing Solution

A record 1,062 homeless men, women and children sought help at this year's Stand Down for military veterans. It started in San Diego 25 years ago. Now, more than 200 communities across the country put on a similar event. Organizers say one thing's apparent -- more vets from Iraq and Afghanistan are ending up on the streets.

Arturo, a veteran of the Marine Corps, overcame physical injuries, nightmares ...

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Job Training Grants to Assist Nearly 9,000 Homeless Vets

Some 8,600 homeless veterans will benefit from $15 million in grant money for job training through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis said today.

The Labor Department has awarded the money to 64 organizations that help America’s veterans, DOL officials said. The grant, officials added, will go to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies ...

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Death Penalty Sought Against Ex-Pendleton Marine For Six Murders

Former Camp Pendleton Marine and accused serial killer Itzcoatl "Izzy" Ocampo now faces the death penalty if he is found guilty of the six counts of murder with which he's charged.

Prosecutors say Ocampo is responsible for the stabbing deaths of four homeless men in Orange County in a "serial thrill-kill spree," as well as the murders of the mother and brother of one of his friends, according to ...

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Veteran With PTSD Uses Rap To Heal (Video)

"What's wrong with me? Got PTSD. These pills ain't working, man, I still can't think."

Those are the words of Iraq War veteran Leo Dunson, a former Sergeant in the United States Army, who has found rapping about his inner war wounds helps him heal.

According to the Associated Press, Dunson was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when he was discharged from the Army in 2008 ...

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Prince Harry Calls for Unity in Supporting Wounded Warriors

Great Britain’s Prince Henry of Wales, commonly known as Prince Harry, urged the U.S. and British publics last night to unify in supporting wounded warriors and families of the fallen, particularly as the drawdown of military operations in Afghanistan takes the media spotlight off their continuing needs.

Prince Harry accepted the Atlantic Council’s Distinguished Humanitarian Leadership Award for charitable work he and his brother, Prince William, Duke ...

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Would PTSD Name Change Mean Less Stigma For Vets?

Should post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, be renamed post-traumatic stress injury? Would a different moniker reduce the stigma attached to the word "disorder"? These are some of the questions a group of psychiatrists will grapple with today at the American Psychiatric Association's annual meeting.

According to the Washington Post, the phrase "PTSD" first became part of the nation's vernacular back in 1980, when it was published in the ...

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Once Homeless San Diego Marine Now Hot Sauce Businessman (Video)

Former Marine Mike Hanes fought in the Iraq War. When he returned to San Diego in 2004 he found himself searching for a purpose in life. He wasn't able to hold down a job because of anger issues that stayed with him after combat. Hanes was homeless for two years while he attended college.

But Hanes used what he learned in the Marine Corps' Survival, Evasion,Resistance and Escape ...

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New Report: 76,000 Vets Homeless on Any Given Night

When you walk past a homeless person on the streets of Anytown, USA, there's at least a 1-in-10 chance that human being is a veteran who served our country. A new government report finds roughly 76,000 veterans are sleeping on the streets on any given night.

The study is the result of a first-time collaboration between the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Veterans ...

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Homeless Veteran Population Growing at Alarming Rate

The "60 Minutes" piece on Sunday about the Veterans Village of San Diego's annual Stand Down event for homeless veterans reported that the number of homeless young veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is already 9,000. It's a staggering number and one that unfortunately is likely to grow substantially as more of our troops come home physically and emotionally damaged and ill-equipped to deal with ...

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Documentary on Homeless Veterans More Timely Than Ever

"When I Came Home" is a powerful 2006 documentary about homeless veterans in America: from those who served in Vietnam to those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. The film looks at the challenges faced by returning combat veterans and the battle many must fight for the benefits promised to them from the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration.

The film, which Variety called "angry and urgent," and New York ...

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100,000 Homeless Vets Each Night

Excellent piece from IPS on this week's 'Stand Down' in Northern California. Stand Downs are events where homeless veterans are given access to good food, clean clothes, showers and beds, and even access to lawyers and judges to address outstanding warrants and other legal problems.

Nationally, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) estimates that on any given night more than 100,000 veterans are homeless, with double that number ...

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