HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Hundred of people every day lay their heads down at the Downtown Rescue Mission for a good night's rest. Fifteen to 25 percent of them are homeless veterans.
"In our population of 200-250, we see anywhere from 20-40 any given night," said Kerry Walker, Senior Director of Programs and Ministries.
The Downtown Rescue Mission wishes no one was without a home, but for Walker, the veterans hit close to his heart.
"It's harder for me as a veteran to see others go through homelessness or some of the things they go through, " said Walker.
For Monte Burgess, a homeless Army veteran who served in the Vietnam War, he says he feels forgotten by most. He doesn't see why Veterans Day is any different.
"Well to me it means a whole lot, but I'm afraid for most people they're just going through the motions," said Burgess.
But, he says the Mission doesn't forget about them; they help. "They treat the veterans here with some respect," said Burgess.