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Homeless veteran frustrated with system

By Laura Ann Sills - bioemail

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Stanley James lost his job and his house back in August.  Now the Army veteran and his fiance live out of their truck.

"Everything I own is in storage and in the back of my truck," says James. "I stay in the truck a lot.  We camp. We have tents. It is just tough."

James put away his pride and finally went to the local Welfare Office.  He said he was looking for housing, work, and food assistance but found little.  They approved him for immediate food assistance, but the Food Bank was out of food and would not be restocked until two weeks later.

"I am homeless.  I am hungry. I am unemployed. They were supposed to be able to help up with all of the programs the tax payers pay for, so, why not me," asked James.

James is frustrated with the system and wonders how others with fewer resources than he has can survive. 

He told News Leader Nine he is not looking for a free ride, but just a helping hand. 

"A typical day now is waking up in the morning and looking on the Internet for employment. I send out as many resumes as I can and hope that someone hires me," explained James.

If you would like to help James, please email lsills@wtvm.com.

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