You can't really have a thorough conversation about homelessness without discussing Veterans. Sheridan Media's Betsy Love brings you part three on her series about local homelessness:
Our local homeless shelter is run by Volunteers of America, but it is both partially supported by and located at the VA in Sheridan. Because a significant portion of the homeless can be Veterans, 16 of the 40 beds at the shelter are set aside for Veterans.
Jackie VanMark, Public Affairs Specialist at Sheridan VA, says helping homeless Veterans requires a more comprehensive approach:
Often, homeless Veterans, like many but not all homeless people, she says often need to be treated for any underlying disorder, for long-term improvement, to happen:
She adds that one issue is that it can be very difficult for anyone who has not suffered with addiction, substance abuse or mental illness, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, to understand what that person is going through:
Remember, the Shelter-Shine-Up runs Thursday through Saturday, and the Volunteers of America and Habitat for Humanity are still looking for volunteers to help paint, clean and beautify the shelter. It has been over 12 years since the shelter has been spruced-up, and having a good, warm environment is important at both the VA itself and the shelter, Jackie reminds us:
For sheridanmediadotcom news, this is Betsy Love reporting.