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Tyler Salvation Army receives $150,000 to assist veterans

TYLER, August 14, 2014-- Friday, August 15th at 10 a.m., several representatives from the Texas Veterans Commission will be on site to present The Salvation Army Tyler with a check for $150,000 as part of the Emergency Veteran’s Assistance Program. Following the check presentation will be a tour of The Salvation Army facilities.

According to current national statistics, Veterans are twice as likely as any other American to become homeless. The unemployment rate for recently discharged Veterans is nearly 3 times the national average. In East Texas, according to our most recent Community Needs Assessment conducted by the East Texas Human Needs Network, 37% of Veterans interviewed were living below the poverty line. 34% were living in temporary housing, and 8% were homeless. 71% stated that they were struggling financially.

To address this alarming trend and to fulfill our mission “to meet human needs in His name without discrimination”, The Salvation Army in Tyler has accepted $150,000.00 in grant monies through the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans Assistance Series XIV-B to provide emergency financial assistance to prevent and end homelessness for Veterans and their families. Those who are homeless or at risk of being homeless can begin establishing eligibility for assistance now by calling Indus McDuff at 903-592-4361 ext. 77533.

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