Veteran Says Homelessness ‘Just Snuck In’ | Boston , Massachusetts | WCVB TV Boston 5
David Keeling, 52, is still getting accolades Wednesday for turning in a woman’s stolen purse.
Keeling, a Navy veteran who has been homeless for nearly seven years, said it never occurred to him to do anything differently because his mother, who ran a beauty salon out of the family’s Malden home when he was a child, told him to never touch a woman’s pocketbook.
Keeling said both of his parents were strong forces in his life. He said they taught him to be polite and to always do the right thing.
But after a serious back injury during a six-year stint in the U.S. Navy that forced him to take an honorable discharge, Keeling’s life started to derail.
He married and had a daughter but the marriage ended in divorce. His father died of cancer, and he took care of his mother, who had Alzheimer’s disease, until she passed away. They were heavy blows that prompted him to start drinking and before he knew it, he became a homeless vet.
“It just snuck in, just crept in,” said Keeling.
That was nearly seven years ago and it hasn’t been until just recently that he has felt well enough, strong enough, to break his cycle of homelessness.
He is amazed at the attention he got because he turned in the woman’s pocketbook because he describes himself as a good and honest person — values his parents taught him.
via WCVB TV Boston 5