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Heartland veteran tells story of homelessness to gaining new hope

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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.
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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.

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