Wednesday, former president George W. Bush hosted a summit in Dallas that aimed at helping war veterans resume normal lives once they return home.
The summit is encouraging news for Lisa Carey who runs Veterans Housing Outreach Ministries. The group provided homes for disabled, senior veterans.
Among the veterans is Vietnam vet James Johnson who says he lived a normal life for years after returning home. But when his home burned, he had to live on the streets.
Not only does Johnson live in one of Carey’s veteran homes, he helps other vets resume normal lives. Johnson says he is thankful for the opportunity for himself and others who sacrificed so much.
“We left too much over there. I left a lot of relatives over there,” Johnson says of his time in Vietnam.
Carey says her group is currently renovating three properties for veteran housing. One is in New Orleans, one in Marrero, and the third is in St Charles Parish.
She says her group is looking for help to finish the jobs. She says donations of cash and labor are needed.
If you would like to help, you’ll find more information on the group’s website, http://veteranshousingoutreach.webs.com/donate.