A veteran delivers the eulogy for a homeless Vietnam veteran who was buried last week with military honors through a charitable program. Three Gold Star Mothers look on in white. They go to the funerals to show support for the homeless veterans who normally die alone. Megan McCloskey/Stars and Stripes

A veteran delivers the eulogy for a homeless Vietnam veteran who was buried last week with military honors through a charitable program. Three Gold Star Mothers look on in white. They go to the funerals to show support for the homeless veterans who normally die alone. Megan McCloskey/Stars and Stripes

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Once they proudly served their country. Now they’re looking for a roof over their head.

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Once they proudly served their country. Now they’re looking for a roof over their head.

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At a retreat outside Fort Hood, Texas, a group of Army veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress agreed to try something new. They're collaborating with accomplished Americana songwriters to capture their stories through music.    Songwriter Jay Clementi works on a song with Sgt. 1st Class Scott McRae at the weekend retreat near Fort Hood in Central Texas. 11/24/12

At a retreat outside Fort Hood, Texas, a group of Army veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress agreed to try something new. They're collaborating with accomplished Americana songwriters to capture their stories through music. Songwriter Jay Clementi works on a song with Sgt. 1st Class Scott McRae at the weekend retreat near Fort Hood in Central Texas. 11/24/12

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Veteran's new war is homelessness.    Pearl Harbor survivor, 92, living in rusted trailer. 7/17/2012

Veteran's new war is homelessness. Pearl Harbor survivor, 92, living in rusted trailer. 7/17/2012

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'At Least I Know Where I'll Sleep Tonight' — Homeless Vet Gets Apartment -     "It's great to know there are so many good people in the world," Maas said in his new bedroom Wednesday. "Since I served my country, I feel good about that — I was serving for good people."    11/21/12

'At Least I Know Where I'll Sleep Tonight' — Homeless Vet Gets Apartment - "It's great to know there are so many good people in the world," Maas said in his new bedroom Wednesday. "Since I served my country, I feel good about that — I was serving for good people." 11/21/12

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Never did I have a house or my own place or nothing.  - Jeff MacDonald, Army veteran    This month, more than a dozen homeless veterans will finally have a place to call their own, thanks to the American Legion.    The organization's post in a small Connecticut town has been working for a decade on a unique project to create not transitional but permanent supportive housing in their rural community. 7/10/12

Never did I have a house or my own place or nothing. - Jeff MacDonald, Army veteran This month, more than a dozen homeless veterans will finally have a place to call their own, thanks to the American Legion. The organization's post in a small Connecticut town has been working for a decade on a unique project to create not transitional but permanent supportive housing in their rural community. 7/10/12

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“It’s nice to get up in the morning knowing where you’re going to sleep,” she said.     Janet O’Sullivan feels like her life is back on track.    Recently on the verge of homelessness, the U.S. Navy veteran now lives at the new Operation Home Front, an apartment building operated by the Center for Drug Free Living, that houses female veterans and their children. It officially opened Tuesday morning.    8/14/12

“It’s nice to get up in the morning knowing where you’re going to sleep,” she said. Janet O’Sullivan feels like her life is back on track. Recently on the verge of homelessness, the U.S. Navy veteran now lives at the new Operation Home Front, an apartment building operated by the Center for Drug Free Living, that houses female veterans and their children. It officially opened Tuesday morning. 8/14/12

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Every night in America, about 70,000 veterans sleep on the streets. For 30 years, Gerard Thomas was one of them.    A paranoid schizophrenic, Thomas took a long time to get back indoors after serving in a stateside military hospital during the Vietnam War. He’s now a peer veterans outreach worker at Pathways to Housing in the District. 11/8/12

Every night in America, about 70,000 veterans sleep on the streets. For 30 years, Gerard Thomas was one of them. A paranoid schizophrenic, Thomas took a long time to get back indoors after serving in a stateside military hospital during the Vietnam War. He’s now a peer veterans outreach worker at Pathways to Housing in the District. 11/8/12

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. — Arthur Lute’s arduous journey from his days as a U.S. Marine to his nights sleeping on the streets illustrates the challenge for the Obama administration to fulfill its promise to end homelessness among veterans by 2015. 11/11/12

CHULA VISTA, Calif. — Arthur Lute’s arduous journey from his days as a U.S. Marine to his nights sleeping on the streets illustrates the challenge for the Obama administration to fulfill its promise to end homelessness among veterans by 2015. 11/11/12

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The number of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who are homeless or at risk of losing a roof over their heads has more than doubled in the past two years.     12/27/12

The number of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who are homeless or at risk of losing a roof over their heads has more than doubled in the past two years. 12/27/12

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