From overseas to the streets, it's a path that an increasing number of military veterans are taking, and the Houston branch of veteran affairs is helping them get off the streets and into a home.
Yushana Sammons' Dodge Durango is not only her mode of transportation; it has been her home for the past two years.
"Shock. Yeah big let down. I don't think the military prepares you for that," said Sammons who came back from Iraq in 2011. "I have a car so if am one up on a lot of people so a lot of people in my situation are way worse off than I am. I have a roof over my head sort of."
Her two dogs are what make her smile and remind her of hope. She's also finding that at Emancipation Park in Houston.
Hundreds of homeless veterans came together for the annual stand down hosted by Houston Veteran Affairs.
"We are assisting with some rental assistance, some employment, job finding, free legal assistance," said Jeri Gates, one of the organizers for the event.
The event brings a wide range of specialized resources together to help veterans like Sammons. She's also helping herself.
Her money goes to a degree in education.
The Houston Vetaran Affairs says they home to end homelessness among veterans by 2015.
For more information : http://www.houston.va.gov/Homeless_Programs.asp.