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Help for homeless veterans

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

The little things matter so much when you don't have a place to call home.

"If it wasn't for this lady, I would be under a bridge somewhere. She has given me a home," said Vietnam veteran David Peacock.

That's why the men who live at Liberty Manor are so thankful for the roof over their head, a comfortable bed to sleep in and a place to sit down and eat.

"Fantastic, fantastic, I love it here," Veteran John York said.

Everyone who lives in Liberty Manor is a veteran who was homeless.

"Just the comrade of my fellow veterans and the way I get treated," John said.

York was in the military for 20 years. He found this home, thanks to Connie Blaney.

"She's a living angel," York said.

She opened Liberty seven years ago for people like John.

"We've transitioned hundreds of veterans through here," Connie said.

Connie has spent about $40,000 of her own money on this home.

"This is a way of paying it forward. It's a great opportunity for all of us, not just myself," Connie said.

She only gets by with donations and no one on staff is paid. For everyone here, it's a way to say thanks to the veterans who have sacrificed so much.

"We owe them their life their life. Not only our life, but getting their life back," Connie said.

And for veterans like David Peacock, Liberty Manor has been a savior.

"She's given me some place with a roof over my head. I don't have no family, nothing so if you want to talk about heroes, right there she is," David said.

"I want to be able to leave saying that I gave it my all and I did my personal best," Connie said.

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