VIDEO: Homeless veterans jarred by removal from Tyler group facility

Published on Thursday, 17 April 2014 15:50 - Written by

                 

BY KENNETH DEAN, 

Homeless veterans at a group housing facility in Tyler were upset Thursday morning when they learned they were being moved from one location to one of two other homes in East Texas with no advance warning.

They told the Tyler Morning Telegraph they were afraid they would be kicked back out onto the streets.

John, a former Marine, said he was upset because of the little notice.

“Stability is a big thing to be able to recover and this is just a blow. I can understand from a business point of view, but this seems like it’s a profit organization instead of a non-profit,” he said.

The veterans, many suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other disorders and various medical issues, are part of a program run by the Andrews Center under a contract with the Veterans Administration.

As soon as Andrews Center Director of Armed Services Judy Whitaker pulled into the drive of the home at 13470 Choctaw Drive in Tyler, she was met with some of the men asking her, “Why are you doing this to us?”

“I know that they are upset. We are not making anybody leave the program,” she said. 

The rest of the story will be posted here later on TylerPaper.com and printed in Friday's Tyler Morning Telegraph.