Veterans Accession House helps homeless veterans find stability, community in Pittsburg

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For nearly two months, Kendrick Harrelson never left the fire restoration company where he worked. Literally.

At night, he went into a back storage room, inflated an old air mattress and tried falling asleep while a small pinprick hole left his bed slowly sinking to the floor.

“Being homeless as a veteran, it’s a rough ordeal,” Harrelson said. “It was depressing. I really could have let myself go.”

These days, the sleep comes easily.

A college student at 49 and living in a house with his girlfriend, Harrelson ranks among a small-but-growing number of military veterans to graduate from the Veterans Accession House. The nonprofit operates a duplex in Pittsburg where veterans can come in from the streets, get jobs and find stability while looking for a place of their own.

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