Interlink helps rehabilitate war vets - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Interlink helps rehabilitate war vets

On any given night, there are 1,400 homeless veterans on the streets of Metro Louisville. One place located on Preston Highway in Louisville, helps those who have run out of places to find help.

Robert Baynham, Vietnam veteran said, "I'm ready to go to school and get my own apartment.  That's something I haven't had in a long time." Steve Russell, Iraq veteran said, "You feel like you are a family here, it's almost like being in the military, you got 80 people in here and you still got that bond somewhere."

80 veterans, from World War Two, Vietnam and Iraq vets who came home suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, depression alcohol and drug problems.  At Interlink, they get counseling, education.  They work for their stay and work to change their lives.

Wayne Creighton, Interlink counseling said, "We first try to stabilize and then we do the treatment and then we do the reintegration process."  Interlink counseling has networks with agencies throughout Kentucky.

Even though some homeless vets are younger than they were in years past, their problems are just as complex. At Interlink, they get the support and professional help.  Russell said, "I've been here for a little over seven months, I got to go through the process and graduated."

On August first, the 7th Annual Homeless Veterans Benefit Golf Scramble will raise money for homeless veterans.  The event will be held at the Iroquois golf course.

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