BK program puts homeless veterans back to work

As Brooklyn residents salute service members today, a local organization is working to help homeless veterans get back on their feet and build a career

BROOKLYN - As Brooklyn residents salute service members today, a local organization is working to help homeless veterans get back on their feet and build a career outside of military life.

The group, called The Doe Fund, operates two facilities in Brooklyn, among them the Peter Jay Sharp Center for Opportunity in East Williamsburg.

Some of the homeless veterans enrolled in the 138-bed program participate in a transitional work initiative called Ready, Willing and Able, which gives them the opportunity to relearn what it's like to be in the work force after leaving the military.

"We provide vocational and educational services, job prep services," says program director Thomas Perry.

Before joining the program, many veterans say they suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, which led some to drugs and landed others behind bars. At the Williamsburg center, struggling service members have a chance to get counseling, substance abuse help and employment assistance.

Veterans who wish to join the program have to be recommended.

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