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ATTEN-HUT! Homeless at Detroit Veterans Center Go Back to Barracks Basics

March 26, 2015       Leave a Comment
By: Dave Rogers

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Homeless veterans: on your feet!

That's the familiar order the homeless might hear at the Detroit Veterans Center (DVC) that seeks to reignite pride in men who have been down and out.

The DVC, 2770 Park Avenue, Detroit, began operating in 1989 and is a veteran-initiated project that is operated by veterans.

Tyrone Chatman, the executive director explains:

"Homeless veterans are a unique group within the homeless population. When a veteran returns to civilian life after their service in the military (especially those serving in war-time), they often return home to fragmented families, and difficulties with the reintegration process multiply.

"The unique nature of the DVC with its back to basics, military approach i.e., barracks-style quarters, squad leaders, moving up through the ranks etc. addresses the special needs of homeless veterans. The program rebuilds the sense of belonging and pride that the veteran had during his service years."

Among services offered are transitional housing, veterans rescue program, food pantry, life skills training, employment training, job opportunities/ referrals, education, health care services, PTSD counseling, transportation assistance, meals and clothing, support groups, support groups, substance abuse intervention, legal assistance, benefits and entitlement assistance, housing placement assistance.

A well-known Bay Cityan, the late Lori J. Perreault, assisted in the founding of the DVC by helping raise funds through her Ramona Group. She received the prestigious "Spirit of Detroit" Award and was presented a certificate of appreciation from the Michigan Veterans Foundation for her efforts.

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