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Andy Davis with Home Depot explains why they do it. "There are 700 homeless vets on the streets of Nashville as we speak so anything we can do to help as many as we can.. the better off we are."
Melvin Jordan is one of them. He tells us he's a Vietnam Vet.
"I'm trying to get back home." Reporter Stacy Case says: "Where do you sleep at night?" Melvin says, "Over in the church yard right now." Reporter Stacy Case says, "In the church yard?" Melvin replies, "Yeah."
The Veterans Safe Haven will soon be the place where tired and troubled vets can cycle through while dealing with the scars of repeated deployments. Airman 1st Class Anthony Hurse will help move them in.
"This is a way for me to give back to them so when they transition out of the military they know that they do have a place to come in Nashville if they need that type of help."
This work comes on a day when the Veterans Affairs Secretary, Eric Shinseki announced a plan to end the problem of homeless veterans by 2015.
Volunteers put in new floors and painted, even landscaped, trying to stay ahead of a homeless problem that's considered urgent as more and more service members return with no real place to call home.
Wednesday, September 26 2012, 05:15 AM CDT
Houston brother will be his own attorney in court
June 18, 2013 13:02 GMT
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Roane County man will face federal gun violation charges next month without an attorney.
The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/17VlXpM ) reported Rocky Joe Houston will represent himself on a charge of possession of a gun by a felon.
The charge came after Houston earlier represented himself in state court on charges stemming from a police chase. He was convicted of evading arrest and reckless endangerment.
Houston and his brother, Leon Houston, were tried, but not convicted, in the 2006 shooting deaths of a Roane County deputy and his ride-along companion.
In federal court, Rocky Joe Houston is claiming the officer who charged him with the felony had no legal authority.
Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com
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