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Salvation Army receives grant for Veterans

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POSTED: Friday, August 1, 2014 - 10:50pm

UPDATED: Monday, August 4, 2014 - 12:42pm

Veterans are twice as likely as any other American to become homeless. But thanks to a $150,000 grant from the Emergency Veterans' Assistance Program, The Salvation Army in Tyler can now provide care for all Veterans who have served at least one day in the armed forces.

"We do see Veterans that come in, whether to have a meal or whatever, that have served time, and unfortunately they come back here at one point or another, they're homeless or on the verge of being homeless," said Chantel Millin, the Community/Corporate Relations Coordinator for the Salvation Army.

She says the money will also help spouses and children of Veterans, who also need financial assistance. From simple support like helping pay a bill, to much greater financial backing for those who are homeless.

"When you come back from sacrificing your life in some sort of way, and you have a family and kids that you can't provide for, it can be pretty hurtful to be in that situation," she added.

According to a survey by the East Texas Human Needs Network, 37% of Veterans are living below the poverty line. 71% said they were struggling financially.

"We're just thankful that we now have this money that we can use specifically to target Veterans," Millin said.

Millin says with this grant, the Salvation Army in Tyler hopes to significantly bring down the number of homeless Veterans in our area.

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