The homeless population continues to grown in South Texas, and among them are many veterans. Most are eligible for assistance, but many of them aren't aware of the help that's available.
"They don't know what they're eligible for, so they think the VA won't help them," said Robert Walton of the Valley Coastal Bend Health Case System.
It's just one of the many misconceptions that homeless veterans face, but all of those issues were addressed for veterans during a day-long event at the Salvation Army. Representatives from Veterans Administration, as well as other agencies, met with veterans to offer assistance to those who need it.
"We're here to help everybody that we can, but you have to show yourself, that you need some help," Vietnam Veteran Rudolph Hernandez said. "Help is here. There's always going to be help for us veterans."
Organizers say it is lack of awareness that often leaves veterans wondering about what they qualify for. So they suggest making contact with Veterans Administration as the first place to start.