Friday marks the day where those who fought for their country are remembered for their service. However, in Monroe County some say Veterans Day is a time to help veterans who are still trying to get their feet on the ground.
Douglas Hobbs,one of the 13 percent of Americans who are veterans, found himself homeless in Bloomington after serving 10 years with the U.S. Army and National Guard.
“It makes a big difference, it really doesn’t compare to living in the shelters and being homeless it’s a big change,” he said. “It makes a big difference in your life having somewhere to call your own home,” Hobbs said.
Hobbs says the most important thing people can do on Veterans Day is remember those who gave their lives so they can have freedom.
Social Worker Maryjane McNabb assists veterans in finding homes and says they also provide mental health and addiction help to those veterans who need it.
“We have a lot more homeless population than people realize in Monroe County, because it’s a pocket for people from surrounding counties,” Mcnabb said.
Monroe County has more resources and services that many of the outlined counties. The HUD-VASH program in Monroe County has helped 35 veterans find housing this year.