Homeless veteran still has hope - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Homeless veteran still has hope

Posted: Updated:
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

It doesn't look like much, but a small old camper is what Vietnam veteran Allen Bittle calls home.

Holding his own piece of red, white and blue - Bittle is proud to have served his country, despite what he says it took from him.

"We are blessed with a day here ... That's not the storms and tribulations," said Bittle.

Bittle signed up at the age of 20 and served three years overseas. He recalled the backlash of returning home from war.

"Being deprived of rights that we deserved as veterans serving our country ... that hurt. That hurt so much. It's hard to place into words," said Bittle.

The last 40 years have not been easy for the Connecticut native. Now disabled, he admits he hasn't been able to hold down a job and has wandered all over the country. Bittle has called Lake Charles home for the last 10 years.

"I enjoy the hospitality and the different way of life. The warmer weather is also nice for my injuries," said Bittle.

While he and other vets share a similar day-to-day struggle, Bittle knows it can always be worse.

"The military and justice and that sort of ruined my life but with the medical complication, I learn as an experience not to be out always asking for a handout or always begging - let the offerings come forth and let fate come to you," said Bittle.

While Bittle looks to overcome some immediate medical needs, he said his long-term goal is to get back home to Connecticut.

Copyright 2013 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • April Mugshots

    April Mugshots

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:48 AM EDT2014-04-15 15:48:25 GMT
    James SiebenthalJames Siebenthal
    The following are mugshots and charges of individuals arrested between April 1-4 by the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.More >>
    The following are mugshots and charges of individuals arrested between April 1-4 by the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.More >>
  • 7-year-old girl writes book after mother's death

    7-year-old girl writes book after mother's death

    Friday, April 18 2014 8:31 AM EDT2014-04-18 12:31:56 GMT
    (WMC-TV) - Most 7-year-old girls are playing dress up and reading books, but one Mid-South girl is the exception—not just reading but writing books. Shiloh Sanders talked about the inspiration behind herMore >>
    Most 7-year-old girls are playing dress up and reading books, but one Mid-South girl is the exception—not just reading but writing books.More >>
  • Teen killed in crash after prom

    Teen killed in crash after prom

    Saturday, April 19 2014 3:47 PM EDT2014-04-19 19:47:48 GMT
    (WMC-TV) - A young man's life was taken too soon. It was supposed to be a high school memory of a lifetime for Andrew Archer, but prom night turned into a tragic night for his family and friends. His promMore >>
    It was supposed to be a high school memory of a lifetime for Andrew Archer, but prom night turned into a tragic night for his family and friends.More >>
Powered by WorldNow