Joseph Shapiro, NPR
Herold Noel became homeless after returning from service in Iraq. He's since found an apartment and help in getting his life back together.
For many young men and women, joining the military is a path out of poverty. But those who return to impoverished neighborhoods with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, a common psychiatric injury of war, can find it especially hard to recover. We profile Herold Noel, a veteran of the Iraq war who, upon his return, ended up homeless before getting help.
When I Came Home is a documentary in progress that follows the lives and struggles of several homeless veterans, including those recently returned from Iraq. The film, from filmmaker Dan Lohaus, looks at factors that led over 150,000 Vietnam veterans from the battlefield to the street. Learn more and watch a clip from the film:
* Note: Herold Noel appears about 30 seconds into the film clip on this page.