No Fixed Address (Documentary)

A troubled Canadian soldier leaving the armed forces can be an extremely difficult person to track. But its seems clear many follow the footsteps of veterans of earlier wars -- and end up on the streets. So what's being done to help soldiers who don't easily reveal their wounds?



Part Two of The Current

No Fixed Address (Documentary)

No matter how much training and support they get, Canada's soldiers must see and do things the rest of us spend our lives avoiding. For some, those sights and actions leave grievous wounds -- ones that can't be seen. And they drag those injuries with them through civilian life when they leave the service.

Veterans Affairs Canada has no comprehensive statistics on exactly what happens to these men and women. But in Britain, it's believed 6 per cent of London's homeless are vets. In the US, a 2006 study suggested 196-thousand vets had no homes -- about a quarter of the entire homeless population.

For a group of veterans in Victoria, pinning down the number of homeless vets is less important than helping them. Cockrell House is a transition home for former soldiers still too damaged to return to civilian life.

The CBC's Yvonne Gall prepared a documentary about Cockrell House, it's called No Fixed Address. It first aired on The Current in November.

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