Will County Becomes 50th Community to End Veteran Homelessness
JOLIET – Ronald Vann spent more than 25 years on the streets, in garages and abandoned houses as a homeless veteran.
Now 60, Vann is one of more than 100 veterans who have been supplied with permanent housing in Will County since the start of 2016. A program led by the Will County Continuum of Care has effectively ended homelessness among veterans in the county, local and federal officials announced Tuesday.
The Will County Veterans Assistance Commission gave Vann a ride to the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in Maywood more than eight years ago, and his life was forever changed.
“That day I had made my mind up that I wasn’t going to live like I was living,” Vann said. “That was a rough way to live. I don’t wish that on anybody.”
Vann, who served in the Army from 1976-79, vowed to himself that he would use every tool the VA and VAC supplied him with to get his life right. He struggled with addiction over the years.