MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT)- According to the University of Alabama, northern Alabama is home to more than 400,000 veterans, many of whom cannot get the resources they need and oftentimes end up homeless.
Dwight Jones is a veteran, a father of 4, and currently without a home or job, but he won’t let that get him down. "Every day when I wake up, and I look in the mirror, I know I have it rough, I know I have it bad, but I know I have other friends out there that are worse than I am. They’re the ones living under bridges right now. They have even less than me," says Jones.
Jones is presently taking classes at Snead State, but had to skip class in order to wait in line with more than 20 others at the veterans service office, which is currently only open on Wednesdays.
“Unfortunately we’re in a position now to where its first come first served, and if you’re not the first in line, you might not be seen that day.” Jones adds.
Jessica Martin, another veteran, and single mom had to take off work, in order to hopefully get some of her questions answered.
"Some people have to wait all day, and they don’t get the opportunity to have those questions answered, only to be told that they have to come back the next week, and they continuously take off work, and they have to get caregivers to take them here and its an ongoing thing. We need a fully staffed office here in Marshall county," says Martin.
Martin also adds that many veterans and their families begin showing up as early as 4 a.m., just to be at the front of the line when doors open at 8 a.m.
Right now, Marshall County has one veterans service officer, who is also responsible for two other counties, and is desperately in need of more resources to serve those who served their country.