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Once Homeless Veteran Moves Into New Home in Covington

Vietnam War-era veteran Brian Tucker was recently homeless.

He said that he had become the target of bullying and harassment through the July 4 holiday, saying that he had been living in a pup tent at night and staying cool during the day at an air-conditioned storage locker.

He bought a bus pass and gym membership to have access to showers.

According to Tucker, some in the neighborhood threw rocks and firecrackers at him during his daily commute and at his campsite. 

The attacks triggered Tucker's post-traumatic stress disorder, he said.

He contacted Maslow's Army Mobile Bus asking for help. Through the Barracks Project, Tucker moved into his new home on Covington's Jefferson Avenue on Wednesday. Maslow's Army's and the Barracks Project's help will allow Tucker to live there rent-free through October.

“July 4th is Independence Day, a day of celebration for the United States. Brian, who fought for our country, was treated inhumanely; we have a responsibility to take care of our veterans who served to protect our freedom," said Samuel Landis of Maslow’s Army. 

Seeing a Facebook post from Maslow's Army about Tucker, president and founder of the Barracks Project, Felicia Huesman reached out to Maslow’s Army and offered to put up Brian for a week at an Extended Stay Hotel.

“Our organization has been working diligently for a situation like to unfortunately arise,” Huesman said.

On Wednesday morning, Tucker received a welcome-home celebration on Jefferson Avenue, along with spending cash.

-Staff report

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