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New program set to assist homeless veterans in Somers Point

According to the federal Department of Veterans Affairs, there are 107,000 military veterans who are without a home to live in on any given night. But all that is going to change, as there’s a plan by Community Quest to build an apartment complex for veterans in Somers Point. Press of Atlantic City has the details:

Benner, a Navy veteran of Vietnam, was doing everything he could to try to keep his house on Jefferson Court in Somers Point. But after being laid off from his longtime casino job following a car accident, he was forced to declare bankruptcy in the fall.

“I figure by September I won’t have a house,” Benner said.

Benner isn’t alone. Jay Smith, who served in the Air Force in the early 1970s, has been living out of his RV for the past few years. For now, his van is parked in front of a friend’s place in Hammonton.

“I’ve got a pension, but it’s not enough to get a house or apartment,” Smith said. “What little income you get goes to food and medicine … I sit and sleep in a lawn chair. I have a roof over my head. I’m not complaining.”

A new housing program, including a project starting up in Benner’s hometown of Somers Point and in Tuckerton, Ocean County, might be the salvation veterans such as him need. And next year, when the Department of Veterans Affairs plans to fund community groups focusing on at-risk veterans, programs like it may advance the VA’s goal to end veteran homelessness by 2015.

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