Pandemic strains resources that help aid struggling vets

As the war against COVID-19 rages on, an army of volunteers is working 24/7 to make sure hungry and homeless Long Island residents are being cared for.
At the Ronkonkoma headquarters of the Association for Mental Health and Wellness, a room filled with bags is being packed with food for those less fortunate. Director Ruth McDade says the association runs three good pantries -- the others are in Riverhead and Yaphank.
McDade says the pandemic has intensified the everyday battles those in need face, especially veterans.
At The Veterans Place, a homeless shelter, it has been challenging, especially because the kitchen is closed. The association is paying for meals to be delivered.
Elbert Godley served six years in the Army as a cook. He says he was homeless and struggled with addiction. But he says he now feels like his life is back on track.
Now, he's just waiting to be able to get back into the kitchen and do what he loves.
"I just can't wait to get back cooking again," Godley says.