Shelter: Homeless Veterans Population Spiked In Onslow County

By: April Davis/ Carly Swain
By: April Davis/ Carly Swain

Numbers are on the rise for homeless veterans in one of our most patriotic and pro-marine cities in the east.

The Onslow County homeless shelter says in the last 5 years they've seen an increase of homeless veterans jump 77%. Just Sunday night alone, out of the nine beds in the male dormitory- five of them were taken by homeless veterans from around Onslow County.

Both previous shelter residents and the director tell us it may be a few choices that lead anyone, including veterans, to the shelter, but it's a whole segment of society not many are aware of.

"Yes, we're not New York City- we don't have homeless people sleeping on the side of the road- but in woods, under bridges, in their vehicle."said shelter director Karin Hudson

"Always thought when I got in that I was gonna retire. I did pretty good for 35 years after. My choices led me to a dead end," said previously homeless veteran William Moore.

Hudson says she's shared the new stats with Camp Lejeune. Now they're working together to make sure the transitional information marines get before leaving the corps really spells out their options and offers planning assistance.

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  • by August Location: New York on Feb 7, 2012 at 01:09 PM
    The veterans HAVE TO say they are CRAZY, ADDICTED, and ALCOHOLIC in order to stay at the shelter; if they told the shelter the just need a job & housing they would be refused shelter entry. The shelter gets paid big bucks to "TREAT" the veterans who are "crazy & addicted"; no money if the veterans are not!
  • by ralphie Location: ahoskie on Feb 6, 2012 at 09:14 PM
    Don't just blame obama. It is EVERY stinking pig democrat in congress who stole the world's wealth by affecting the market then doing insider trades! And obama was in on it. And then what he and they have done since... EVERY problem the USA has, is democrats!
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      by ? on Feb 8, 2012 at 05:24 AM in reply to ralphie
      I wouldn't be suprised if you are not on the Fed's watch list. By the way I love the movie A Christmas Story.
  • by T Location: Beaufort County on Feb 6, 2012 at 07:59 PM
    Why they are homeless is because RENT is too high in that area. They know how much they make & landlords want every penny. If they didn't want every penny maybe ppl can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
  • by Vet on Feb 6, 2012 at 06:53 PM
    Thanks Obama!
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      by Anonymous on Feb 6, 2012 at 07:18 PM in reply to Vet
      Thats how pinnochiobama roles!
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      by Anonymous on Feb 6, 2012 at 09:24 PM in reply to Vet
      That's an ignorant comment. We've had homeless vets under every President, not just Obama. Homelessness is a result of mutple factors and vary by case. The guy in the article even said his CHOICES lead him to a dead end. Without knowing these particular individuals cases, no one can comment on why.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 6, 2012 at 09:25 PM in reply to Vet
      The article also says over the last FIVE years.
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      by OK on Feb 6, 2012 at 11:52 PM in reply to Vet
      You are a valor thief. You are no vet.

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