Heartland veteran tells story of homelessness to gaining new hop - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Heartland veteran tells story of homelessness to gaining new hope

John Elliot served in the U.S. Army 34 years ago and until two months ago was homeless. John Elliot served in the U.S. Army 34 years ago and until two months ago was homeless.
POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) -

Veteran homelessness is a growing trend nationwide and the Heartland is no exception. That's why Cape Arrowhead's program has started a new initiative to help place veterans in permanent housing.

John Elliot served in the U.S. Army 34 years ago and until two months ago was homeless.

“You wouldn’t know where I’ve been," Elliot said. "I’ve been outside for a long time. And now I’m in. I’m just thankful.”

He is thankful for a new home and for a new sense of hope. 

“I was that my future wasn’t going anywhere but downhill," Elliot said. "There are all sorts of ideas that run through a person’s head when they’re down and out. Then finally, it was either make a move or take a loss. So, I’m glad I made the move.”

Director of Cape Arrowhead John Fuller says the problem of homeless veterans is only getting worse. 

“It’s growing and it’s only going to get bigger as these soldiers return home from war," Fuller said. "With the economy at the condition it is, we don’t always have jobs. They’re having a hard time readjusting and so, it’ll grow.”

For now, the program has one apartment building for homeless veterans. However, Fuller says plans do not stop there. He says the next step is to renovate homes in downtown Poplar Bluff for veteran families.

Copyright 2013 KFVS. All rights reserved.

  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • Here's why we're not covering every school threat

    Here's why we're not covering every school threat

    Thursday, February 22 2018 5:16 PM EST2018-02-22 22:16:37 GMT
    (Source: Stock image/Pixabay)(Source: Stock image/Pixabay)

    The Heartland school districts have been investigating several rumored threats since January's deadly shooting in Marshall County, Kentucky.

    The Heartland school districts have been investigating several rumored threats since January's deadly shooting in Marshall County, Kentucky.

  • Owl photo-bombs traffic cam

    Owl photo-bombs traffic cam

    Thursday, February 22 2018 4:52 PM EST2018-02-22 21:52:35 GMT
    (Still image from video courtesy: Liikennevirasto/Finland Transport Agency via CBS)(Still image from video courtesy: Liikennevirasto/Finland Transport Agency via CBS)

    An owl inadvertently photo-bombed a traffic camera when it swooped and took a closer look at the device.

    An owl inadvertently photo-bombed a traffic camera when it swooped and took a closer look at the device.

  • Southeast Regents meet to set room, board rates for FY19

    Southeast Regents meet to set room, board rates for FY19

    Thursday, February 22 2018 4:52 PM EST2018-02-22 21:52:17 GMT
    Room and board rates were up for discussion (Source: KFVS)Room and board rates were up for discussion (Source: KFVS)
    Room and board rates were up for discussion (Source: KFVS)Room and board rates were up for discussion (Source: KFVS)

    The Southeast Missouri State Board of Regents met on Wednesday to set room and board rates for the fiscal year 2019. 

    The Southeast Missouri State Board of Regents met on Wednesday to set room and board rates for the fiscal year 2019. 

Powered by Frankly