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Homeless Vietnam Vet Seeks Help, One of Growing Number

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Thomas Moody says he's homeless for now Thomas Moody says he's homeless for now

"I am out on the streets for now," says Thomas Moody. He's 74 and a Vietnam Vet. And I am talking to him in a parking lot along Ogeechee Road, across the street from a motel where he says he's lived for about ten years. But Tuesday morning he was locked out of his room.

Moody admits he owes back rent and that he could not pay anything on the first of the month. But he says problems have been due to delays in getting government benefits switched over from paper checks to direct deposit. He says for several months there was an issue with Social Security which he says is now straightened out. But this month his VA benefits did not show up in his checking account and he was told by the VA there was an issue with his direct deposit form. He says he called the Veterans Administration. "So I told them I hadn't received a check, and they told me we're working on it, that's all we can do," Moody tells me.

He says Social Security won't arrive until the 15th. So without money and without paying anything yet this month on his room, the doors were locked. "And I have been asked to leave," he says. "Like I say, I'm a diabetic, all my medication and everything is in the building."

Moody told us it's tough to be his age and scared about where you'll sleep.

We were able to contact the Salvation Army on Moody's behalf. He tells Takiyah Gibbs that he 'has never been to the Salvation Army before but he has nowhere else to go.

Gibbs tells us they have just a few beds left but that Mr. Gibbs is welcome. She says they can provide an intake counselor who can try to help Mr. Moody sort out his VA benefits. "So just to provide some basic needs for the night, and then tomorrow we'll get started on what else we can do for him," she tells us.

Gibbs also tells us they're seeing more veterans, about 15 to 20 each month. She says they are mostly young, but some older like Mr. Moody. "We are seeing an influx of Vets coming into the shelter. So, we are serving more homeless vets every month," she says.

Later, Gibbs shows Mr. Moody where he'll sleep. He came with just the clothes on his back. So he's tired and a little discouraged. But he says the fact that someone seems to care makes a difference.

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