Coming home hasn't been easy for the men and women who've served over in Iraq and Afghanistan. Finding work and a place to live "post war" has proved to be a problem for many veterans. As our Christian Farrell reports it's the reason one local organization is getting involved to help a vet.
NEWBURGH, N.Y. - These are the sounds that now fill the air in the East Parmenter Street section of Newburgh. Gone are the gunshots. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh has turned this once tough neighborhood around. Now it's looking for a new tenant to call it home.
"Being a veteran is obviously the qualification we need for this particular house," said Cathy Collins, Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh.
The veterans build project is Habitat's latest endeavor at providing affordable homes to hard-working families. But for the first time the non-profit organization is looking to hand the keys over to a new home specifically to a veteran. Thousands of Iraqi and Afghanistan vets are struggling to find housing after returning from war. It's a crisis which hits close to home with Habitat board member Dave McTamaney, a Vietnam vet.
"We know how difficult it is to come back home. So, we want to welcome them back home literally. I really want to do something. So, pitching in here to help build a house is really an ideal way," said McTamaney.
Construction on the veterans build project began just last week. Move in day is scheduled for November 11th - Veterans Day.
Applications to become a veteran homeowner are now being accepted.
"It'll be one of 23 homes on this particular street. We hope this is an ongoing continuous build that we'll be dedicating a house every Veterans Day," said Collins.
Habitat officials say for more information on the veterans build project, or if you'd to volunteer to help, visit their website at habitatnewburgh.org.