San Angelo has many organizations that offer services to those vets currently living through hard times.
Roy Barree found himself to be a bit of a problem child growing up in Columbus, Ohio, and was asked to leave his home at age 16. At such a young age Barree learned how to survive on his own...homeless.
Although he found himself living on the streets several times throughout his life, he says his biggest failure was getting out of the military.
"I was programmed to be a soldier, and being a soldier was all I wanted to be."
Barree says when he returned to the states, everything had changed.
"It was a hard transition for me to get back in society."
He relates to not being able to get a hold of your life once you return, "I didn't feel like fitting back into society, and I know these guys don't. I didn't think my country needed me."
Barree enlisted in 1972. In 2011, he took an offer in Iraq for 9 months.
Now he dedicates his time assisting Vets in need, turn their life around with the help of several organizations in the community.
"It's not what we're offering them. They have something to offer us. The Veteran can't do without the country, and the country can't do without the Veteran."