Homeless veteran and service dog get a home

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -

A recently homeless U.S. Coast Guard veteran got a home Wednesday due to local agencies that helped him out.

Travis Sanders served from 1980-1986 and installed security systems when he finished his service. An on the job back injury left him disabled, and five surgeries later he was homeless.

Wednesday he was helped by the government as well as local agencies like Passageways, a local nonprofit who helps furnish homes of veterans.

After being homeless and staying in a makeshift camper that he built, Sanders said the help was much needed.

"Takes a little bit to settle in," said Sanders. "You know, the eight months was tough, but this is great."

Sanders said he had help from a local truck stop that helped him get through the winter months since his camper didn't have electricity. He said they would pay attention to his service dog, Lucy and let him know if she got out. and gave him an opportunity to take showers.

Jennifer Garrison, founder and CEO of Passageways Ltd. said they have helped numerous veterans like Sanders.

"73 heroes have come to us in that situation," said Garrison. "Where they needed that hand up and some time to, get a job, pay off back child support, get ahead of their bills, find housing. And then we furnish the homes top to bottom, front to back, and Two Men and a Truck move them for free."

Sanders picked through a storage unit provided by Passageways full of furnishings like chairs, tables and bedding. Him and Lucy are moving into their new home, and Sanders said it's time to move forward.

"That's what the goal is. To get back to work and move forward," said Sanders.

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