Cleveland: A way back for homeless veterans

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CLEVELAND -- They are veterans who are back home, out of their uniforms, and living on the street.

One in four U.S. veterans are homeless. Here are some of the reasons behind the satggering numbers.

There's a former Navy machinist who is helping vets with one of the most common problems -- drugs and alcohol.

Anthony Morris is now the veterans' community coordinator. He's helping some of the nearly 70 percent of homeless veterans who battle substance abuse.

Unemployment is another issue among vets.

Under the American Jobs Act, small businesses can receive nearly $10,000 in tax incentives for hiring them.

Among the veterans that are homeless, one of the fastest growing populations is now women.

Out of 145,000 veterans that are homeless, seven percent are women, many with families.

Today Veterans Affairs has a goal to end homelessness by 2015. There are programs many veterans are not taking advantage of until they hit rock bottom.

These veterans work to make sure that troops in Afghanistan and Iraq will know about these benefits -- and use them -- when they come home.


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