Clarence Allen lost his home a few years ago and ended up sleeping in the woods around Phoebus and staying in an abandoned garage. That lasted several weeks.
"One day, I got to the point where I couldn't take it anymore," he said.
The Hampton VA Medical Center was a short walk away, and that's where Allen went. The 70-year-old former construction worker had never used veterans benefits. But he knew that six years of Navy service, including a tour in Vietnam aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ranger, counted for something.
Today, Allen has said goodbye to the woods and the garage. He's comfortably housed in an apartment on North King Street through a program that...