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-- it is -- staggering number at more than 2121000.
Veterans are estimated to be homeless a number that is more than doubled.
In the past five years.
But a medic who was active during the Vietnam -- -- who's also a mother of three veterans is trying to do something about the situation Rick Leventhal.
He is live from Massachusetts this morning -- tell us about this place -- -- at this morning what's happening pack.
Well it's a facility that's trying to fill gaps in the veterans support system.
-- at a place called veteran homestead it's a community of twenty.
Two bedroom one bath home set on 10:10 acres in central Massachusetts.
It was built by former army -- Leslie Lightfoot who is a mother of three Iraq and Afghan veterans.
Who really wanted to create a place where -- would.
I'll post dramatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury could live for their families while getting counseling and physical therapy and earn college degrees.
She also runs -- farm nearby using animal agricultural therapy for veterans with severe emotional.
Or physical issues or addictions to drugs or alcohol.
The -- care for the animals they tend to the plant and they get support and services that they need to adapt to civilian life.
I know that when people come back from -- I've worked with posttraumatic stress disorder for.
Thirty some years.
Almost forty years now and so I know that you can't.
See and do certain things and come back and expect to just pick up where you left off.
-- runs a total of six facilities in New Hampshire Massachusetts and -- -- don't you open hopes opened more.
-- and most of this paid for by private funds.
That is an incredible story what what an incredible woman.
How the veterans -- -- they find this facility.
A lot of them are referred by BA by the VA or other veterans organizations or by local colleges where -- enrolled -- classes some of these guys were on the verge of homelessness some of them.
In deep struggles with the drug or alcohol addiction or emotional or psychological wounds.
And they couldn't say enough about how this environment has turned their lives around one of them Adam Morse an Iraq War vet says he's now been sober almost a year.
It was eleven once.
And I couldn't.
-- eleven minutes.
So this could this places.
-- -- -- And saves -- my family.
90% of the money raised goes directly to the veterans you can learn more at.
Veteran homestead that'll work.
We -- gonna change her corner of the world and that's a great story Rick thank you so much.
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