LEE COUNTY, Fla.- This Veterans Day, one Southwest Florida vet has something he couldn't call his own for the past four years- a home!
It's part of Lee County's effort to find permanent housing for 100 homeless veterans by the end of the year.
James Murphy says he couldn't be more thankful to the veterans advocates in Lee County that helped him get his new apartment in The Brittany complex.
He says, "this is amazing to me, it's so big for a one bedroom, ya know? I used to roam the country, I'd just go everywhere."
The Korean War vet has lived on the streets and in shelters for years after his wife died, until arriving in Southwest Florida a few months ago.
"Everyone's been so wonderful here in Fort Myers, I can't say enough. This is the only place I've been, and I've been to all 48, this is the only one, Fort Myers, Florida, that has really gone out of their way to help," he says. "It's been a while since I can sit on the couch and watch TV, it's been a while since I can have a cup of coffee."
As part of the housing program, Murphy says the VA pays for two-thirds of his rent and his water bill, and he pays the rest and the electric bill.
Lee County has found 70 veterans permanent homes and has about 20 more on a waiting list.