Vets return to streets to reach the homeless

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CONCORD, Mass. (AP) — Military veterans are working with the state of Massachusetts to help get homeless vets off the streets in the Boston area.

Some of the veterans on the team were once homeless themselves, so they can make connections with a community that is often distrustful of people who haven't experienced what they've been through.

Typically, the workers spend one day a week roaming the city's storefronts, alleys and shelters. The rest of the week is spent making sure those who have found housing are staying the course. The Veterans Affairs Department, which funds the effort, is considering doubling the size of the team in the coming year.

The Obama administration has pledged to eliminate homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015, but time is running short.

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