City of Jackson Partnering To Help Homeless Veterans
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The city of Jackson is partnering with community organizations to help end homelessness for veterans.

On any given day between 200 to 300 homeless veterans are living on the streets of Jackson. The Mayor, Tony Yarber wants to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015. Yarber said by collaborating with organizations it will help create more services for veterans.

"We are attempting to address homelessness with our veterans in a moralistic way, versus just doing the typical getting them a bed, get them a hot meal," Yarber said. "We are trying to make sure that there's employment there, make sure that there is job training that's afforded to them as well."

George Schreiner is a veteran who is living at the Billy Brumfield Men's Shelter in Jackson. He said the initiative to end homelessness will not only help him with housing, but will also provide medical assistance.

"I have medical deficiencies and I am trying to get aid with the VA, or government aid and many other aspects because of medical problems," Schreiner said. "I am a survivor of bullet wound and with the medical deficiencies I am having a little difficulty."

The Jackson Housing Authority and the G.V. Sonny Montgomery VA Medical Center, are some of the organizations collaborating with the city to help end homelessness for veterans.