Son of Hollywood actor supports St Louis veterans

March 29, 2013 by  

Stephen Peck, the son of legendary Hollywood actor Gregory, recently visited St Louis to look around the new transitional homes provided by U.S. VETS, a non-profit organization.

Peck is the national president of the organization, helping war veterans who have issues with unemployment, homelessness, or are suffering post-traumatic stress disorder. During his time in the U.S. Marine Corps, he was stationed in Vietnam in 1969, seeing men in his platoon killed in action. When he returned home in 1970, Peck concentrated on making documentaries. In 1990, he made one about homeless war veterans, and since that time has devoted his life to supporting them.

A number of two-bedroomed apartments in St Louis were purchased by U.S. VETS around 12 months ago. The apartments were refurbished by the non-profits organization, thanks to the private donations which are possibly made in response to promotion of the organization using local flyer printing services.

Around 20 veterans live at the refurbished complex, both men and women, some of whom have dependents living with them. According to Peck, studies reveal that around 30% of war veterans return home suffering from trauma or a brain injury which impedes their integration back into everyday life.

The director of the St Louis branch of U.S. VETS, Bill Wallace, believes that there are about 500 to 700 homeless veterans in that area alone. According to Wallace, there are plans for another facility in the area. The group also offers other services, including employment counseling.