Salvation Army Open Facility For Veterans

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ST. LOUIS, MO. (KPLR) - Three days before Veterans Day, vets in need of help have a major new resource in St. Louis thanks to the Salvation Army.

The ribbon was cut today on a brand new 48 unit Salvation Army apartment complex for veterans in Midtown.

The $9 million facility on Locust will provide permanent housing for vets as well as transitional housing for veterans recovering from addictions or conditions like post traumatic stress disorder.

We talked with army veteran John Burton who has long battled alcohol and drug addictions.

He`s been homeless for seven years and will soon move into the one of the new units.

He told us he`s never had a place of his own until now.

'It`s overwhelming. I`m at peace for the first time in many, many years. I can see a light at the end of the tunnel,' said Burton.

'From the trenches on world war one where the Salvation Army served doughnuts to a place like this is a long way. But we think it`s very appropriate and a way to say thank you and welcome home to those who give us our freedoms,' added major Lonneal Richardson, the division commander for the Salvation Army in our area.

The new facility is for both men and women.

Some residents will pay a portion of rent.

Vets will start moving in next week.

The complex should be full by the end of the year.