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Vietnam veteran sets out to help homeless people in Battle Creek

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Last week Newschannel 3 was invited to a tent village off Dickman Road in Battle Creek where nearly a dozen homeless people were trying to make ends meet.

All of them have heart wrenching stories as to how they ended up there.

We found 27-year-old Jessica Platek, extremely ill living inside a tent.

"There's days when I wake up, where am I going to eat today? How am I going to get a shower,? I'm freezing, I'm cold." said Platek.

Platek and eight other people banded together in the homeless camp living every day one meal at a time.

Until Tom Cramutolo, a Vietnam veteran, showed up  and invited them to stay at his house.

"Why not? I'm very blessed, to use that phrase, for what I have you know, and why not share that?" said Cramutolo.

Now these folks have a warm bed to sleep in, hot coffee to drink and a homemade meal to eat.

"When I'm here in a warm place, with people that care about me, and I have the support, it gives me the opportunity to slow down, and let go of some of that and focus on jobs," said Platek.

And today another gift of generosity.

We tagged along as these folks climbed into Cramutolo's truck, and drove across town to climb the front steps of a place they can truly call home.

"I think its pretty nice, much better than the tent."

Cramutolo says he and other donors will pay the rent until his new friends can get back on their feet again.

"God bless him. I can't say enough about him, he's done so much for us. I'm grateful, really grateful," said Deborah Ferris who lived at the camp.

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