SOCIETY Homeless veterans receive helping hand at West LA Stand-Down event

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WEST LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Los Angeles has the largest number of homeless veterans in the country — over 4,000 in the county.

On Wednesday, the Department of Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Health Care System hosted the Homeless-to-Housed Veterans Stand-Down event. City and county offices helped guide veterans on a path to find housing.

Dale Musselwhite, a Marine infantry veteran who served in Japan, knows the struggle to find a place to live all too well.

“I’ve been out on that street and it was terrible. I lost so much dignity,” Musselwhite said.

The 57-year-old veteran was diagnosed with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

“I’m a recovering addict. My drug choice was meth ’cause I, I get emotional ’cause I self-medicated ’cause I don’t want to feel the pain and the sorrow of some things I experienced,” he said.

Musselwhite thanks the Veterans Affairs Department in Long Beach for helping him recover. He’s about six months sober.

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