KEPR Action News
August 15th, 2019
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TRI-CITIES, Wash. — About 10 percent of the nation’s homeless population are veterans. The reasons for homelessness range from unemployment, poverty, or substance abuse and mental illness.
Pasco police is teaming up with Blue Mountain Action Council or BMAC to try and help vets or their families who may be struggling.
Jason Adams who is a Case Manager at BMAC said, "The police are just on the front line and they see homeless people every day and if they see that someone is a vet we will go find them and give them a hand."
A helping hand could be anything from providing food, to paying for the security deposit on a new apartment. Adams himself has been homeless before and understands the struggle.
"I have been homeless and I know what that is like and I know what it felt like to be in that position,” said Adams.
Blue Mountain Action Council and Supportive Services for Veteran Families will be teaming up October 5th at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds Pavilion for a military appreciation event.
The event is open to all veterans and their families.
The event will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and there will be free breakfast and lunch, housing assistance, health and wellness screenings, haircuts and more.
For more information you can contact Trina Parrish at 509-520-0982.