Wyoming Veteran Homelessness In Decline

1 in 4 homeless persons is a veteran.

The state of Wyoming saw a 12-percent drop in the number of homeless veterans between 2010 and 2011. Though the numbers aren't yet in for 2012, a number of programs are becoming available for homeless Wyoming veterans. Rebecca Lewis, 59, is one success story for the Department of Veterans Affairs' work towards ending veteran homelessness by 2015.

Lewis, a Florida native, found her way to Wyoming towards the end of her 12 years of sporadic homelessness. Dealing with PTSD and having difficulties trying to hold down a job due to painful back problems, Lewis decided to try for a fresh start out west and decided to go to Wyoming. Once there, she was able to get into COMEA House, Cheyenne hoe less shelter, where she became aware of the myriad services available to her due to her service to the nation. Lewis connected with the VA, and was finally able to claim disability income and receive assistance finding housing.

According to an article on Sheridan Media, Lewis is no longer homeless and is now the Chaplain of VFW Post 6 in Cheyenne. She said she now finds direction for her life in a Bible verse from Micah 6:8. “He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?”

After all her rambling and searching, Lewis decided, “Keep it simple for God and country. That’s the only thing that makes any sense to me.” 

 

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