Homeless in America for AARP

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Ventura, California, July 21, 2010 - A portrait of Gary Seymour with his Staffordshire terrier, Buddy, in Mission Park. Mr. Seymour says that he walks with Buddy several times each day. "We get up at six and go to the coffee shop and take a walk up in the hills. In the evenings I walk him over to the Mission [downtown]." Mr. Seymour has been homeless off and on for the last thirty years. He currently lives in a camper parked left to him by his father that is parked in the driveway of a friend's mother. Because it is an illegal camp, Mr. Seymour is considered homeless. He says, "I work odd jobs, landscaping and whatnot to make a little money. I am trying to get back on my feet." Mr. Seymour is proud that he does not panhandle. "I earn my own living without asking people for handouts." .