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Missouri veterans program makes stop in Region 8

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) -

A veterans outreach program made a stop in Paragould Friday to help homeless vets.

Members from the John J. Pershing Medical Center from Poplar Bluff  trips around northeast Arkansas and southeast Arkansas every year to reach out to veterans who desperately need their help.

Their mission is to provide homeless vets with emergency housing within 60 to 90 days until they can get back on their feet. While in their care, they make referrals for housing, employment and healthcare.

Jennifer Lay, the homeless outreach coordinator, said one problem the program has run into is some of the veterans are not aware of the help they offer.

She also added that some people may not recognize what it truly means for a vet to be considered homeless.

Sometimes veterans don't realize that maybe they're homeless, stated Lay. Our definition is very broad. It's not just what people think when they think of a veteran that's homeless or sleeping on a sidewalk, or in a park bench, or even in their car. We consider a veteran homeless if they're couch surfing."

Although they make an annual trip to clinics in this region, she wants veterans to know they are always available for their help. 

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