East Texans raise money for cause hoping to end veteran homelessness

East Texans raise money for cause hoping to end veteran homelessness
(Debra Christian) Source: KTRE Staff
(Debra Christian) Source: KTRE Staff

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - There are currently 1.8 million women serving in the military, but what happens when it's time to come home?

"When a woman comes back from the service between ages 18 to 44, there are 95% shelters that do not accept veteran women and that is unacceptable," said Debra Christian, district 2 commander.

And it's startling percentages like those that prompted Christian to take action, forming the Tyler Christian Restoration Community Center in 2010.

"We owe them because they served for us and we need to be ready when they come back," Christian said.

Christian's group provides veteran women with safe shelter and transportation to doctor's visits.

"We can train them, educate them, give them skills at no cost to them," Christian said.

A cause so great and it's receiving help from an unlikely source…college students.

"What we really want to accomplish is bringing awareness about homeless veterans to the East Texas community. I mean, it's something that gets talked about a lot. A lot of people know about it, but it's not really taken into consideration," said George Lane, chair of the Stephen F. Austin College Republicans.

The Homeless Veterans Banquet raised nearly $15,000, all to ensure our nation's veterans return with a place to call home.

"When they say 'Homeless Veteran women', you will not be speaking of this district," Christian said.

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