Salvation Army saves veterans in partnership with VA
Friday, November 11, 2011
When U.S. Marine Corps veterans Willie McCoy made it into The Salvation Army’s Center of Hope in August, “I was three-quarters dead,” he said.
“They lifted me up, and I’m still here.”
As many as 150 veterans like McCoy may have been helped by a partnership between The Salvation Army Center of Hope and the Truman VA Medical Center in Columbia in the past five years.
For veterans who find themselves homeless in Cole County, the Center of Hope provides the residential piece while the VA helps connect them with appropriate programs, said Katie Burnham Wilkins, health care for homeless veterans program coordinator at the Truman VA Hospital.
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