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Sleeping bag donations for homeless veterans

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The night before Veteran's Day, some of the men and women who fought to defend our country stand in line outside a homeless shelter near Cashman Center.

They're waiting for a sandwich, and if they're lucky, a warm cot inside a shelter. 

"They aren't just addicts," said L.J. Harness. "These are people like you and I."

Harness knows what it's like to live on the streets. Personal tragedy and drug abuse contributed to months of homelessness more than a decade ago.

Although Harness did not serve in the military, a veteran helped Harness get his life on track. Today, Harness helps veterans down on their luck. He's collecting sleeping bags that will go to homeless veterans. 

"That's something they can pick up, put on their back, just like they did when they were overseas fighting for our freedom," he said.

It may seem like a small gesture, but one veteran we spoke to could hardly contain his excitement when FOX5 told him about the sleeping bag donation. 

"I'd love a sleeping bag," said Michael Easter. "It would mean quite a bit. It would mean I'd have a place to sleep."

Many veterans are young, having served in recent conflicts. Many didn't want to be interviewed.

After fighting multiple tours of duties, Harness said the least we owe the newest veterans is a warm blanket.

"There is not enough shelters and housing for them in this city," Harness said. "So that's where this does make quite a difference."

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