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Shelter for convalescence
Modern Healthcare

During the past 20 years, Navy veteran Richard Kyle has been living periodically on the street in Chicago because of drug and alcohol addiction. Last year, he was diagnosed with lung cancer. After an inpatient stay lasting more than two months at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in the western suburbs, he began outpatient chemotherapy treatments in August.

In November, after a treatment session, Kyle, 60, who uses a walker, was unable to find transportation back to his temporary housing in Chicago because a snowstorm hit. “That’s one of the worst feelings, to be stranded,” he said.

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