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Ventura, California, July 23, 2010 - Billy Joe McCall, a homeless veteran who was in the 82nd Airborne for two tours during the Vietnam War, packs his gear up before heading to the Chevron Station for food. Here he is tying up a bag of beer so that the ice doesn't melt too fast. Mr. McCall was set up behind Premium Tires in Ventura, one of three places in the neighborhood Mr. McCall calls home, so that he could use the light to read and write his book. "I am working on a western novel set in Texas," said Mr. McCall. He says that he actually sleeps a few blocks down in the doorway of a doctor's office. "The doctor is good to me. He let's me sleep late and sometimes brings me coffee." Mr. McCall's life began to fall apart after his wife and child were killed by a drunk driver who was also high on PCP (phencyclidine piperidine). After learning the driver would only be charged with involuntary manslaughter, Mr. McCall says he paid for the man's bail and then shot him. "I went into the bar where he hung out, laid down a .357 on the table and said go for it. He looked at me like I was crazy. But I had a .38 on my hip. He went for it and I shot him dead. I got almost three years for it." After being released from prison, Mr. McCall's life began to unravel. He lost his painting business and says he worked for a stint with the mob in Florida. With a felony charge and a severe limp from a wound he received in Vietnam, jobs grew scarcer. He returned Texas for a period before coming to California to help take care of his ailing mother. Her medical bills and his lack of work left him with no other opportunities, but a life of the street. He says his VA pension will begin in September. "That is going to get me off the streets once and for all." .