By Brandon Ecoffey, Lakota Country Times Editor
PINE RIDGE—For many veterans on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation it is quite difficult finding services designed to help them reintegrate into society. The Oglala Sioux Tribe’s Veterans Shelter is changing that however as they have announced that they have several beds available for homeless veterans.
“I think that for so long people would call and be told that we didn’t have any room for them,” said John Hussman, Veterans Shelter Director.
Hussman says the facility currently has vacancies and those with a possible need should contact the facility for more information.
The Oglala Sioux Tribe Veterans Shelter is located in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Image from OST
The shelter is a transitional living center that has the ability to house veterans who are either homeless or are in need of temporary housing. While at the shelter veterans are provided with temporary shelter, 24-Hour phone coverage, laundry facilities, assistance for clothing, vocational counseling, substance abuse counseling and referrals to other healthcare providers in addition to access to a wider range of services.
According to the shelter’s brochure the objective of the shelter is very clear. “The primary goal of the Oglala Sioux Tribe Veterans Shelter is to assist veterans in developing/maintaining a lifestyles free from drugs and alcohol. The shelter is intended to help you live each day with emphasis on sobriety, meaningful employment, and celebrating/participating in Lakota