As we pause to honor those who’ve died while serving our country, we don’t want to forget about those who are still living.
The number of homeless veterans in Albuquerque varies. Some organizations report 200; others estimate there are 750 homeless veterans in Albuquerque on any given day.
William Roper spent Memorial Day outside with his family, but amid the laughter, he reflects on the meaning of this holiday.
“It's real hard especially when you got to look back and you see friends, comrades in arms, you see them fall every day," said Roper wiping away tears.
Roper is an Army veteran. He says he was deployed several times, including to Iraq in 2003. He then came home and got a job.
"Being new on the roster, I was one of the ones who got cut and it's been impossible to find a job since," he said.
And that has led him, his wife and their four kids to Joy Junction.