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U.S. Vets Helps Homeless Veterans Become Self Sufficient | Prescott , Arizona | The Daily Courier

As Joe Gatens, outreach coordinator for U.S. VETS, visited with homeless veterans at the Salvation Army in Prescott during breakfast on a recent Tuesday, he let them choose from soap, toothpaste, and deodorant, and then reminded them that U.S. VETS is ready to help them when they’re ready.

Gaines, who served in the U.S. Army’s Special Forces during the Vietnam War, said about 15 to 20 percent of the chronically homeless in the area are veterans.

“A lot of them are camping out, many are older, and most have health issues,” Gatens said. “I basically talk to them about how we can help them, and services they can get through us and the VA when they’re ready.”

U.S. VETS is a transitional housing facility with 58 beds where veterans can stay for as long as two years as they work their way toward self sufficiency with individual case management, access to healthcare, resolving legal matters, stabilizing mental health, maintaining sobriety, working through transportation issues, and finding and maintaining employment, said Tim Prater, program director with U.S. VETS.

“Most need the full two years, but we have had a few veterans come through who only needed several months until they found work and housing,” Prater said.

One man who graduated from U.S. VETS is working at the Bob Stump Memorial Veterans Administration Medical Center, and is now pursuing his master’s degree, Prater said.