Helping Homeless Vets In Jacksonville

A first of its kind event was held in Jacksonville Thursday night aimed at finding homes for veterans who may be out on the streets.

The event, "A City Uniting To End Homelessness," brought several churches, businesses, and non profits together for a fundraiser at the Chick-fil-A on Western Boulevard. Twenty-percent of everything sold at the restaurant through 8:00 p.m. went to help homeless Vets.

Garfield Thomas served in the Army from 1986 until 1989 and found himself homeless several times after his mother committed suicide in 1988. He said he left the Army, started drinking heavily and felt lost for years. He also suffered from PTSD.

He was recently homeless for 80 days when he says a staff member from "Family Endeavors", a nonprofit which finds homes for Vets, found him and helped him get an apartment.

Family Endeavors opened its doors in Jacksonville in November 2013. In order to qualify for help from Family Endeavors, Veterans can not have a dishonorable discharge, and can not make more than 50 percent of the median income, which in Onslow County that means you can make up to $17,500.