House For Homeless Veterans Burns Down
by Chris Conte
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Organizers of a local home meant to be a safe haven for veterans returning from war said that war, in a way, may have led to the five bedroom home burning down on Saturday.
"We believe one of the veterans who was here, depressed and addicted may have set the fire... The PTSD veterans have when they come home, that's real," explained Pastor N. Curtis Bryant.
Pastor Bryant said donations to the group "Successful Survivors" helped refurbish the house on 16th Avenue North in Nashville allowing them to open their doors to homeless veterans back in October.
"You can't quit because of a small set back like this," he said about the home which is now a total loss.
Two other Vietnam Veterans who were living at the home during the time of the fire are being assisted by the Red Cross. The fire is being investigated as arson but Bryant said the one veteran who may have been responsible has now gone missing.
"He did two tours in Baghdad, Iraq I've spoken with him, counseled him even given him money but the truth is he was depressed and still suffering from some of the things he suffered in the war. I think this makes us aware of the depression, the PTSD is very real for veterans who come home," Pastor Bryant said.
For more information on how to help contact Pastor Bryant: firstname.lastname@example.org
Donations can be made to the "Successful Survivors" Organization at Nashville area Fifth Third Bank.