Annual Event Offers Free Services To Veterans | Military
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62-year-old William Moultrie served as a Marine in the Vietnam War.
When he came back, he found himself homeless for 13 years.
"Homelessness for me began in 1983," Moultrie said. "Through the years, I"ve drifted from place to place in pursuit of establishing myself and finding something suitable and stable for me."
Thanks to HUD-VASH, a program aimed at helping homeless veterans find housing, Moultrie is now off the streets.
Keiya Myles, supervisor of the HUD-VASH program, says she was the one who found Moultrie living on Poplar Street in downtown Macon.
Now, Moultrie is doing much better.
"He's in a much better place than where he was," Myles says. "He looks good and he has a smile on his face."
Many organizations volunteered at Friday's event and offered free services, like hair cuts, medical care or information about legal help and education programs.
Moultrie says he wants to go back to school.
"Georgia Vocational School," Moultrie says. "For engine repairing."
State Representative James Beverly, who organized the event, says he's seen the turnout double from last year.
He wants veterans to know he's going to keep this event going for as long as possible.
"There are certain veterans that aren't getting what they deserve and what they've earned. Our country really needs to take it seriously, not just with lip service, but with actions, and say to veterans, 'We're here for you and we mean it,'" says Beverly.