Downtown Rescue Mission honors homeless Veterans

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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.

"It's not much, but we want to give you a fancy meal, we want to recognize you, we want you to know you're not forgotten," said Walker.
To learn more about the Downtown Rescue Mission and what they do, click here.