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Vo-tech students create traveling shelters for homeless vets

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Students at Bethlehem Area Vocational Technical school created shelters they believe may one day help homeless veterans.

They're solar powered, insulated, and they travel. 

This all started after a teacher who volunteers at "Paul's House" in Kunkletown realized there was a need for this kind of shelter in the veteran community.

"Paul's House" is part of the Valor Clinic Foundation, which helps homeless veterans get medical benefits and resources.

"We are looking, trying to figure out a way to build a bed box to keep people from getting hurt," said Mark Baylis of the Valor Clinic Foundation. "We've had some problems with some homeless vets dying in the snow with their tents collapsing in a heavy snow storm."

He says he's grateful this will help keep veterans alive. The students have gotten 20 orders for the prototypes so far. 

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