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J.D. Faulkner says, "I actually ended up having a suicide attempt and I was actually planning again for another suicide attempt when I found out about camp hope."

It was that sanctuary that saved the life of Faulkner who is an Iraq veteran. He suffers from post traumatic stress disorder and he says he was spiraling out of control until he arrived at Camp Hope...Faulkner says the facility for PTSD vets brought him counseling, stability, a job, and even a place to live with his wife and two year old daughter.

He says, "it's been a real amazing experience here."

All accept one thing - well a few things...Camp Hope is a work in progress. It opened last May but the director has not been able to get the drainage, sewer or water lines hooked up for 5 months.

"It just adds frustration especially when it rains outside you have to trump through the mud to go use the bathroom," says Faulkner.

He is one of 7 people - mostly veterans - living at Camp Hope. They all have to go outside at night and use this port-o-let...The water they have pumped into the houses is from a well.

Nick Wilks says, "it's beginning to be a little frustrating because we've done everything we're suppose to do."

Wilks is the director of Camp Hope. And he's talking about the plans for the water and sewer lines from the multi-unit facility. These are the plans he says he's taken to the city of Houston's public works department five different times but he can't get approval to do the work.

Wilks says, "we have two houses ready to come online now that will house 8 more residents but we can't make that happen until we get approval and tied into the water and sewer."

The problem Camp Hope has is they're out of the city limits but within three miles...because of that the city of Houston still has to review and approve their plans. Plans that have been sitting around since March 1st.

But here is the good news...we contacted Alvin Wright with Public Works. He and his staff there stayed an extra hour to figure out the delay with the approval process. Wright says the engineering department will be waiting on reps from Camp Hope Thursday to try and walk them through the approval.

An approval vets like J.D., who's trying to get his life back together at Camp Hope, will be glad to see.

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