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Veteran working to provide housing for other veterans

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FLINT TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -

Joe Mishler is sympathetic with the ongoing struggles that some veterans face when adapting to life beyond the wars they have served.

"They got home and they just can't handle it," Mishler said.

While he and others celebrated this Veterans Day at McFarlan Park in downtown Flint, Arthur Woodson a disabled Army veteran is trying to do something close to home to assist those warriors who have fallen on hard times.

"What I'm doing here is housing homeless veterans, transitioning veterans that have mental illness," Woodson said.

At least this is what Woodson is trying to do. He has a six-bedroom house in Flint Township that is capable of housing up to 10 veterans.

However, he and his church, New Beginnings, have been facing challenges of their own, convincing local township officials that this a good thing to do.

"We had to go to Flint Township ask them for a special land use," Woodson said. "When we went and asked them for a special land use, they told us that they didn't want any mentally ill veterans walking around in this neighborhood."

Woodson showed us letters and communication to back-up his claims that Flint Township officials haven't exactly thrown out the welcome mat.

They are raising questions about neighborhood safety if this facility is allowed to operate.

TV5 reached out to the Flint Township office and even went out there to seek their side of the story but unfortunately no one was there.

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