Homelessness among veterans persists despite national decline over past three years
As the U.S. pauses to observe Veterans Day, many veterans remain homeless in Connecticut and across the country.
The U.S. government reports the number of homeless veterans has actually gone down 11% over the past three years.
In Bridgeport, 44-year-old veteran Jimmy Canales tells News 12 he enlisted in the U.S. Army in September 1997 and served through 2000.
Canales says he's a full-time caregiver to his long-time girlfriend, who suffers from traumatic brain injury, and can't go into a place like Homes for the Brave in Bridgeport, where he was a former resident.
Canales said he was recently evicted from his apartment and has yet to be assigned a place where he and his girlfriend can live.
"I'm in a major city in the United States trying to figure out where the hell am I going to sleep tonight, he says.
Canales set up a GoFundMe to help raise money to cover living expenses for him and his girlfriend.