Helping Homeless Vets Regain Independence - New York News

Helping Homeless Vets Regain Independence

Posted: Updated:

Through an organization called the Volunteers of America, Greater Los Angeles, I was put in touch with a wonderfully giving and dedicated man named Jim Zenner.  You may have read about him if you're a dedicated fan of the fabulous  LA Times columnist Steve Lopez , like I am.

Jim, an Army Veteran who served in Iraq, had his own struggles after getting out . To make a long and twisting tale short, he battled back, won, and is now helping others with the same things he went through. Depression, Anger, inability to focus, relationship problems, you get the picture.  He runs a program in a converted old Hollywood Hotel called the "Hollywood Veterans Center', which is a residential facility for four dozen young men, all Iraq and Afghanistan vets.. who need help with counseling, with medical issues, with job skills, with social skills, the whole spectrum. 

A man named Lester Mena shared his story, and told me that at the Center he's getting help networking and reaching out and connecting with everything from job counseling to medical services to V.A. benefits. "It's tough to do it on your own " he said.  It seems like a great program, but it's tough, nitty gritty work that goes on 365 and there's not parties on days like Independence Day. 

We're doing a story on this today at 5p and again at 10p of the Fox 11 News you should check it out and volunteer or donate if you can.  It's making a difference.  Combined w/ more Federal dollars flowing ( finally) homelessness among Veterans is down significantly.  But there's of course still a long way to go.  In passing in the hallway at the Vets Center in Hollywood I asked the routine ‘' How's it going " to one young man walking by.  His answer ? "I'm alive ". Kinda depressing but kinda not.

For more information on the program  CLICK HERE

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Andy Golub's NYC Bodypainting Day

    Andy Golub's NYC Bodypainting Day

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:43 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:43:52 GMT
    The saying art is autobiographical takes on a whole new meaning when your canvas is a fully nude human body, as it is for artist Andy Golub. Andy along with 30 other artists and 45 Technicolor models paraded around several Manhattan hotspots over the weekend for NYC Body Painting day. Believe or not, this is completely legal in New York City.
    The saying art is autobiographical takes on a whole new meaning when your canvas is a fully nude human body, as it is for artist Andy Golub. Andy along with 30 other artists and 45 Technicolor models paraded around several Manhattan hotspots over the weekend for NYC Body Painting day. Believe or not, this is completely legal in New York City.
  • Protestors rally against NYPD's 'broken windows' policing

    Protestors rally against NYPD's 'broken windows' policing

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:07 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:07:39 GMT
    Emotions about police brutality were still raw at a protest in Harlem Wednesday night. Eric Garner died after police put him in an apparent choke hold. Cops stopped garner for the minor offense of selling loose cigarettes in Staten Island. Officers had been enforcing the so-called broken windows policy.
    Emotions about police brutality were still raw at a protest in Harlem Wednesday night. Eric Garner died after police put him in an apparent choke hold. Cops stopped garner for the minor offense of selling loose cigarettes in Staten Island. Officers had been enforcing the so-called broken windows policy.
  • Fatal skydiving accident on Long Island

    Fatal skydiving accident on Long Island

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:13 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:13:49 GMT
    Police on Long Island say one person has died and another has been seriously injured in a skydiving accident. Riverhead police say it happened at about 4 p.m. Wednesday at Skydive Long Island in Calverton. Police say the injured person was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital in critical condition.
    Police on Long Island say one person has died and another has been seriously injured in a skydiving accident. Riverhead police say it happened at about 4 p.m. Wednesday at Skydive Long Island in Calverton. Police say the injured person was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital in critical condition.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices