As Wars Continue, More Soldiers Need Help at Home

On this day, when we honor the nation's military veterans, it's important to recognize that one out of every four homeless people in New England is a veteran.

And, as the fighting continues in Iraq and Afghanistan, more soldiers are coming home in need of support. They're showing up at places, such the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, which was renamed the New England Center for Homeless Veterans yesterday to reflect its expanded services in life skills and job training.

At its downtown Boston location, the Center has helped about a hundred vets from Iraq and Afghanistan over the past three years. But its staff anticipate there will be many more seeking help in the future.

Former Marine Larry Fitzmaurice is the President of the Center and joins WBUR's Bob Oakes for a conversation about the growing needs of military veterans.

This program aired on November 11, 2008. The audio for this program is not available.


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