$1M to go to helping homeless vets

Monroe, Louisiana (AP) October 2012

The Department of Veterans Affairs is giving $1 million to a nonprofit that helps homeless veterans in northeast Louisiana.

The funds will go to the Wellspring Alliance for Families Inc., a group based in Monroe that provides housing for homeless veterans.

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., says the money comes from a VA program that seeks to help veterans who are in the most need of aid – such as women with children, those from American-Indian tribes and those with drug addiction and mental health problems.

The Wellspring Alliance traces its history to 1931 and works in 12 northeast Louisiana parishes.

Landrieu said that the “funding will help get homeless veterans off the street and provide the support they need to begin rebuilding their lives.”