Nov 10, 2013 8:11 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Local organization helps homeless veterans get RV's, other forms of housing

As Veterans Day approaches, a local organization is reaching out to the public for help finding housing for veterans who are having a tough time.

A local woman and her son started a group called RV's for Veterans. They work with people in the community who have an RV, motorhome, trailer, or any sort of vehicle that they're willing to donate to a homeless veteran. Once they get the vehicle, they make sure it gets to a veteran who needs it.

So far, they've donated 18 RV's, motorhomes, fifth wheels, and cattle trailers to veterans on the Central Coast.

Richard Stroupe is a U.S. Navy veteran who was discharged in May of 1971. The organization set him up with an RV, and he says it's been a huge help. Back in February, he was living in a shelter. He says the problem for a lot of veterans is they can have a hard time living in close quarters with other people.

"A lot of us, we have some problems from life. I've been in PTSD treatment with the Veterans Association, so having an RV or a boat or something like that, that you can move and have a sense of freedom, it's good," said Stroupe.

Vehicle donations are tax deductible, and the organization has several veterans who are in need of housing now.

The organization is also trying to start a similar program in the San Diego area.

If you have a vehicle to donate, contact Becky Jorgeson at (805) 234-5478.



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