HUNTSVILLE - For the holidays, a lot of us want to or will go home, but what if you didn't have a place to call home? Sadly that's the case for millions of people across the country and a lot of them are veterans. But two veterans in Huntsville are taking a stand to combat the problem.
It's something you probably see pretty regularly driving around, homeless veterans standing on the street asking for money like David Lanoue.
"Being out here, we're really experiencing what it's like to be out in the cold and I'll tell you, it's brutal," Lanoue said.
Lanoue isn't asking for money for himself though, but for real homeless veterans in need of clothes, cash and coats.
"We're taking collections for everything we can provide for them. Kid's clothes, warm clothes they need, whatever, to get them off the street and into society," Lanoue said.
Since Sunday at noon, Lanoue and fellow VFW Post 5871 vet Jeffery Clark have lived in this parking lot, sleeping out of a dumpster and truck.
"I mean our homeless veterans do it everyday. I can do it for three days," said Clark.
All to raise awareness for the millions of homeless veterans in the U.S.
"We're talking possibly seven or eight million, nine million maybe," Lanoue said.
Jeff and David have collected about $2,000 and and truck full of clothes as you can see behind me and even though their goal was to raise $7,200 in these 72 hours, the guys say it's still worth it to get the word out about homeless veterans.
"People come by and they're like, 'You're not really sleeping in the trash dumpster are you?' And I'm like yeah, look inside, there's my sleeping bag," Clark said.
Baring all the rain, wind and cold to show what it's really like for some of our returning soldiers.
"We're leaving them behind to the battlefield of despair so they just can't cope with being a civilian anymore," Lanoue said.
Hopefully helping vets find a new life off the battlefield. If you'd like to help out Lanoue and Clark reach their goal to help veterans, they'll be at the the Walgreen's parking lot in Huntsville until noon Wednesday.
If you can't make it out by then, you can mail a check made out to Melvin White VFW Post 5871 to:
Melvin White VFW Post 5871
In The Care of the Hearts of Veterans Museum
465 Hwy 75 North
Huntsville, TX 77320