Some local veterans still struggle with homelessness

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Serving in the army for eight years, William Ireland never thought he would have another battle to fight. His war now is dealing with the fact that he’s homeless.

“I was doing okay until about 2012 when I got injured on the job,” said Ireland.

When he returned from overseas in 1993, Ireland got a job as an internet technician. 29 years later he lost his job and fell into financial trouble. Ireland was then evicted from his home and separated from his loved ones. He would then spend the next year couch surfing.

“It took me away from my family. I have an adult daughter alive and two grandchildren,” Ireland said.

Ireland stories just one of many. According to the collation of homelessness and housing in Ohio nearly 1,200 veterans were reported homeless in 2015. 129 of those veterans are in Franklin County.

This month Ireland will be moving into a new home. With the new job and most importantly, his family.

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