Secretary of Veteran Affairs Eric Shinseki has set a goal for the VA to end veteran homelessness by 2015. The Carl Vinson VA Center in Dublin is holding summits in Albany and Macon as part of that initiative.
Keiya Myles is spearheading this local event and she said that the goal is to bring interested members in the community together to pull resources and ideas on how to tackle this problem.
"Anyone that is interested anyone that has a desire or interest of working towards ending homelessness we want you there, city officials, landlords, neighborhood service agencies volunteer agencies," said Myles.
The summit in Macon will be held Tuesday, March 26th at Volunteer Macon at 195 Holt Ave. The summit will start 11:00 a.m.
"We will be talking about what the VA is doing but I want to know what the community as well, what they are doing and how they can assist the VA reach the goal towards ending homelessness," said Myles.
13WMAZ talked to James Cook, a former army supply sergeant, who said he was homeless for three years.
He was able to seek help through the VA where he is getting resources to tackle his mental and physical health issues. He is staying there until he is able to find a home.
He said that help, made him feel whole again.
"I don't have to sleep up under a house, I don't have to sleep up under a bridge," said Cook. "I feel human again, I feel like I got a little more dignity."