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Veterans share invisible wounds

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By Dana Griffin

dgriffin@abc6.com

CRANSTON, RI- Inside the Praise Tabernacle Church in Cranston, homeless men and women are looking for a saving grace.

David Eisenberger was homeless for over a year. Although he never experienced combat, his friends have, including PTSD.

"You have to talk them out of it. You know, you have to make it as though you're in a battle field because you never get rid of it up here," said Eisenberger.

In President Obama's weekly address, he states he wants to do more to help educated and hire more veterans.

Local organizations like Operation Stand Down Rhode Island are lending a helping hand to vets.

Operation Stand Down representative, Robert Evangelista said, "We want you to help us, help you. Because anybody who doesn't want to help themselves they'll be right back where they were and we don't want that to happen."

Even for Eisenberger, who was able to overcome his issues, he says it takes more than a few government programs.

"Bottom line is you gotta take the next step and if you don't take that first step and a second one. You're a statue." said Eisenberger

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