Dept. of Veterans Affairs vows to house homeless vets in 30 days
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) - Anthony Giabbai is good with his hands.
"I like to build things. Fix things," said Giabbai.
But lately, he hasn't been building or fixing much of anything.
"Everything happens for a reason. I'm still trying to find that reason," said Giabbai.
Out of work and living on the streets, it's not at all how he pictured his life would turn out.
"Not quite like this, no," said Giabbai.
Giabbai is one of dozens of homeless military vets in Tulsa.
A man who dreamed of serving his country as a young boy, now struggles to find a warm place to sleep at night.
"It's rough. That's the only word," said Giabbai.
In the next 30 days, the Department of Veterans Affairs is working to get as many vets like Giabba into homes.
It's something the Muskogee and Tulsa VAs know a little about.
According to their numbers, the number of homeless vets has gone down 10 percent since 2011.
David Partee is one of those vets.
"That was the darkest time in my life, where I had no hope. I had no reason for living," said Partee.
Like Giabba, the Gulf War vet never expected to end up living on the streets of Tulsa.
"It was a shock to me," said Partee. "Never having to go through that. Always being financially secure. Then to find myself being homeless."
Partee found the help he needed through the VA, and he hopes the new initiative will help the dozens of vets like Giabbai who still face the cold nights alone.
"You just have to make the effort to want to live again, and come out of those trenches," said Partee.
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