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CHARLESTON, West Virginia -

As cold weather creeps back into our area it brings along chilly nights for anyone having to live outside.

Turns out that is a reality for some unlucky military veterans across the country including some in West Virginia.

According to national statistics, every night in the United States more than 70,000 veterans sleep on the streets.

There is a greater push now to show veterans that they don't have to fight the battle alone when they return home.

The Roark Sullivan Lifeway Center in Charleston is one of the groups working to help.

"Life can go on," said Joey Wilkes, who has been getting assistance there in his effort to get back on his feet. "Men can start over and there's all kinds of things out here to help us if we just ask."

Nationally, the Department of Veteran Affairs has partnered with groups to get housing vouchers and federal benefits to help low income veterans get under a roof and become more stable.