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Homeless Veterans Getting the Help They Need to Get Off the Streets

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    Veterans Given Homes

    Homeless veteran given keys to new home (Published Friday, May 1, 2015)

    Hundreds of homeless veterans are getting a chance at a fresh start in life.

    Volunteers are filling a Miami-Dade park this weekend with the goal of finding homes for those who fought for our country.

    Robert King High Park near Miami International Airport has been transformed into a military base with the sole purpose of getting homeless veterans off the street.

    Veteran Mike Welsh says it has been tough, "I think what a lot of people forget about is the typical, when you wake up in the middle of the night you want to sink or to go use the bathroom just the normal stuff that people take every day for granted are the things that I don't have."

    A hot shower, help with Social Security, even a prayer, whatever a homeless veteran needs to find a permanent home is right here.

    Robert Smith, who served 22 years in the military, said civilian life for vets can be a challenge.

    "When you have been in a structured environment and you are used to following things a certain way, when that structure is removed you have to go out and find it off-base it is not quite the same."

    The whole idea is to make this seem like a military base a place that is familiar to these veterans, all of the services are in one place and they've even set up Cots so homeless vets can get a good night's sleep.

    For three years Welsh slept in his car, usually in a Wal-Mart parking lot.

    He's homeless no more, getting the keys to his new Hollywood apartment this afternoon.

    "You get separated from society like that because you are doing everything alone and then you feel alone when you when you are alone like that." he said.

    And having a home is a huge difference he said.

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