Del Seymour, a Vietnam veteran, knows San Francisco’s Tenderloin district like nobody else in the city. Del's friends call him "Mayor of the Tenderloin." Del founded Code Tenderloin, a community organization that helps veterans find employment in the tech industry, and serves on San Francisco's Local Homeless Coordinating Board.
But Del’s life wasn’t always this way. Del found himself homeless and addicted to drugs after returning from Vietnam. Now he wants to give other veterans the opportunity to turn their lives around, just like he did. "As I tell people in recovery, you can fall 49 times, but you need to get up 50 times," Del says.
This is a video from VETERANS COMING HOME, an innovative public media project exploring the lives of post-9/11 veterans, the divide between them and their communities, and the stereotypes that veterans and civilians hold about each other. Why does this divide exist? How does it affect communities across the country? And why does it matter?
VETERANS COMING HOME (VCH) is a project by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Kindling Group, and Wisconsin Public Television. This story was made with support from KQED in San Francisco.
Learn more about the Veterans Coming Home project at www.VeteransComingHome.org.
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