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SHERMAN, TX-- Studies show that about 12 percent of homeless people in America are veterans. They fought for their country, and now they are fighting for a second chance to have a home.

Terrell Burkley says he hit rock bottom a few years ago, with no job and nowhere to go he says he felt helpless.

"I just hit a hard road in my life about 2 years ago and I didn't know help was available to me and it just seemed like hope was gone," said Burkley.

Studies show that about 12 percent of homeless American's are veterans, and for the third year the VA North Texas Healthcare system has teamed up with the Four Rivers Outreach program in Sherman to help lower those statistics.

"There was so much available as far as counseling, help that they gave me, they have me in HUD-VASH where I looked for my apartment the other day," said Burkley.

Several organizations like the Salvation Army, American Red Cross and Solider Angels were on site handing out blankets, shoes, and toothbrushes but more importantly, giving veterans information on how they can get help.
     
"I get very excited when I hear about a veterans success going through all of our programs. The programs are here to serve the vets, many of them take the opportunity to participate in several of our programs and we want to see them succeed," said Tammy Wood, Program Manager.

Like many other veterans, Steve Norby found himself homeless and suffering from depression. After living on the streets for about eight years, things started to turn around for him.

"These programs changed my life; I have a life now in the past I didn't, that's quite a change," said Norby.

As for Burkley, he says he hopes to be reunited with his wife and kids....and hopes they'll come live with him in his new apartment

If you are a veteran or know a veteran in need, please call 1-877-424-3838.