"More service men and women have been killed by alcohol, drugs and suicide than have been killed by the enemy," Glenn Michaels, spokesman for Volunteers of America Northern New England, which established and runs the Huot home, said.
"There are a lot of things these guys carry around with them every day.
"People need to hear these stories," he
"People need to understand, because I don't think we do.
We hear about veterans and homeless veterans, but we don't understand what goes into that."
said much of the Huot home's day-to-day operational funding - adding up to about $160,000 per year - is provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
, while donations and grants are sought for clothes, food, furniture and recreational equipment.
The cost to establish the center was about $1.5 million, with $1.2 million coming from the VA, MaineHousing and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the remaining $300,000 coming in the form of a last-moment loan from Saco & Biddeford Savings Institute that Michaels said saved the project when it appeared organizers had come up short.